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

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.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture; and Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Koisuru Asteroid.

@nadukari_h (updated post) and @sky_dj_ (post) made pilgrimages to Nanbu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Heyacamp Episode 9.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Mashiki, Amakusa, Kumamoto City and Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsunagu! Episode 7 thorough Episode 9.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.

@mo_om921 made a pilgrimage to Fumotoppara campground in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture and Kirigamine in Nagano Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7) to Kyoto for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.