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
Kankore pilgrims help clean shrine
Fans of Kantai Collection visit Yura Jinja in Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture, which includes a monument to the light cruiser Yura. They are increasingly participating in volunteer cleanup efforts of shrine grounds, leading to more opportunities for interaction with local residents. Media coverage: Kyoto Shimbun
Kuki Lucky Star manhole covers
Kuki, Saitama Prefecture will install manhole covers featuring Lucky Star characters Hiiragi Kagami and Hiiragi Tsukasa. Media coverage: Otakomu, Crunchyroll News, Anime News Network
Current Season Pilgrimage
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward; Ogikubo, Zenpukuji, Shimizu and Momoi, Suginami Ward; Mitaka; Musashisakai and Kichijōji, Musashino; Chidorigafuchi Park in Kōjimachi, Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Gekijōban Shirobako.