Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
Media and General Interest
Butaitanbou-sha Ebisu media appearances
NHK local news included a segment featuring butaitanbou-sha Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su) on October 18. It has been adapted as a print article and included in NHK special site “Kyoani Connecting Thoughts” (京アニつなぐ思い). Ebisu’s Hibike! Euphonium themed dōjinshi delve deeply into Uji culture through interviews with local artisans, and include discussion of Kyoto Animation location hunting and production process. He is planning a third and final volume in which he would like to focus on Uji local festivals.
Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri
@626shin published a photo essay report from the Ninth Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri, held November 2. The fictional festival from Hanasaku Iroha has been held in Yuwaku, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture every year since the series broadcast. P.A.Works and the hot spring village worked together to use the series as an opportunity to create a real world event for the purpose of regional revitalization.