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 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of 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 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 anime tourism promotion and discuss strategic approaches to releases of films related to regions. Media coverage: Nishi Nippon Shimbun
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.