22/7 ナナブンノニジュウニ

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

Numazu Love Live! Sunshine!! emigrants
Shizuoka Shimbun TV broadcast a news story about net immigration inflow to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture in 2019. This is the first time immigration to Numazu exceeded emigrants leaving the city in 37 years. A large part of this is attributed to the opening of shopping center LaLaport Numazu. However the latter two thirds of the segment discuss the role Love Love! Sunshine!! has had in generating interest in the area, including an interview with local resident Yagi Kōya, who moved to Numazu from Tokyo in 2018 after repeated visits motivated by the series.

Yuyuyu Kan’onji promotion
Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture held Kan’onji Fair in Akihabara (かんおんじフェアin秋葉原) at Akihabara UDX in Tokyo on February 1. The marketing exhibition featured Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru collaboration goods, sales of Kan’onji specialty products, and information on local tourist attractions. Media coverage: Shikoku Shimbun

Yorimoi Tatebayashi collaboration
Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture; the Anime Tourism Association; and Sora yori mo Tōi Basho will organize a smartphone-based digital stamp rally from February 11 to 29. Media coverage: Tatebayashi Kurashi, Jōmō Shimbun

Anime tourism
Anime Tourism Association hosted the Anime Tourism Chief Summit in Kitakyūshū (アニメツーリズム首長サミットin北九州) on 2019 December 1. This was a conference for local officials to present past examples of sightseeing promotion and discuss strategic approaches to releases of films related to regions. Media coverage: Nishi Nippon Shimbun

Yurucamp guide
JTB Publishing published Rurubu Yurucamp (るるぶ ゆるキャン△), a guide to sightseeing spots in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture and camping locations featured in the series on February 4.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecure; Shimoda and Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture; Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and aboard the Izu Kyūkō Line for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 1 through Episode 5.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Shimoda and Higashiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture; and aboard the Izu Kyūkō Line for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 5.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 5.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 3.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Kawaguchiko Tenjōyama Park in Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture for Heyacamp Episode 5.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Fujisan World Heritage Center in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture for Heyacamp Episode 2; Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 3 and Episode 5.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage to Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 4.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Nakano Broadway in Nakano Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for SSSS.Gridman.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Koi wa Ameagari no Yō ni.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Rinkō Park in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9, post 10) to Kyoto for K-On!