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
Seichijunrei research webinar
Manoyama Research Society (間野山研究学会) will host a webinar on May 2 to discuss problems faced by contents tourism stakeholders resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic and report on the current situation and future challenges for each region. The webinar is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited to 60 attendees.
Uji Eupho event postponed
This year’s Uji Matsuri Festival (宇治でお祭りフェスティバル)—a recurring official Hibike! Euphonium fan event which was scheduled to be held June 6, the day following Agata Matsuri—has been postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Toyosato temporary closing extended
The former Toyosato Elementary School—pilgrimage location for K-On!—and Toyosato-chō Tourist Information Center, extended the duration of its temporary closure from May 6 to 31, due to the Covid-19 epidemic.