Chihayafuru ちはやふる

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

Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Spot Sale 4
A fourth convening of the Anime Seichijunrei “Hon” Sokubaikai (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) will be held May 30 at Kanda Myōjin in Tokyo, and will again feature traditionally published and self-published books, magazines and DVDs about anime pilgrimage, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. Seller applications are being accepted until April 30.

Zonsaga pilgrimage TV special
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting will air a special program highlighting locations in Saga Prefecture featured in Zombie Land Saga on February 24, with a recording available on the network’s YouTube channel for one month following. Media coverage: Press release, Netorabo, Anime Anime, Saga Shimbun, Crunchyroll News

Future Season Pilgrimage

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Yesterday wo Utatte PV.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Minobu and Nanbu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Heyacamp Episode 6.

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

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Osaka for 22/7 Episode 5.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Mashiki and Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsunagu! Episode 3 through Episode 5. He includes notes on new locations in Episode 6, pending further investigation.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T ED.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@ewi made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club.

@ken800205 made a pilgrimage (post 3) to Tōkai, Aichi Prefecture for Go-Tōbun no Hanayome.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to (post 1) the Seto Ōhashi, including view from Utazu, Kagawa Prefecture and Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture; and (post 2) Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture for Uchōten Kazoku 2.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture for Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A.

@Oveldas made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for K-On!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture and aboard the Nankai Ferry for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu.