Sing "Yesterday" for Me イエスタデイをうたって

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 cancelled
Due to concerns related to the spread of Covid-19 in Japan, the planned fourth convening of the Anime Seichijunrei “Hon” Sokubaikai (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) at Kanda Myōjin in Tokyo on May 30 has been cancelled.

Toyosato temporary closing
Due to concerns related to the spread of Covid-19 in Japan, the former Toyosato Elementary School—pilgrimage location for K-On!—and Toyosato-chō Tourist Information Center will close until May 6.

Natsumachi Ren alternative plan
Due to uncertainty as to whether it will be possible to organize the Natsumachi Ren (なつまち連) at this year’s Komoro Citizens Festival Dokansho (こもろ市民まつりドカンショ) because of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Komoro Natsumachi Omotenashi Project (小諸市なつまちおもてなしプロジェクト) will hold a Zoom meeting on April 12, 19:00 JST to discuss potential alternatives for what is normally the annual high point of Ano Natsu de Matteru fan engagement in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture.

Hannō Times Mart relocation
Hannō Times Mart opened at its new location in the Hannō Ginza Shotengai, near the north entrance of Hannō Station in Saitama Prefecture. Though the space is smaller than the previous location near Tenranzan, its signature eclectic selection of soft-serve ice cream, Yama no Susume paraphernalia and goods, and much-loved owner have all successfully transitioned. Congratulations, Takeda-san!

Kumiko bench
Asahi Shimbun published an article about the popularity of the “Kumiko bench” next to Ajirogi no Michi in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture during cherry blossom viewing season. The bench appears frequently in Hibike! Euphonium and is a well-known touch point for anime pilgrims.

Toyosato tobidashi
Though not news, I came across a website cataloging the anime-related tobidashibōya (飛び出し坊や) in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture, maintained by @keitetsudo. Tobidashi, even with maintenance, have a finite lifespan due to exposure to the elements and other circumstances, so it’s nice to have an historical record of these fan contributions to public space.

Date A Live and Machida
Advertisements commemorating the completion of the Date A Live light novel series ran in JR Machida Station from March 16 to 22. TV and theatrical anime adaptations have featured many locations in the commercial district around Machida Station, which have become popular touch points for anime pilgrims. Media coverage: Machida Keizai Shimbun

Future Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture for Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu PV.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture for Hōkago Teibō Nisshi PV.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5) to Tokyo for Tenki no Ko.

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

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Niiza, Saitama Prefecture for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tari Tari.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Oyama Station in Oyama; (post 2) Iwafune Station in Tochigi City (both Tochigi Prefecture) for Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second).

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage to Shirakawa-gō, Gifu Prefecture for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.