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
This year’s Yasakasai (八坂祭), scheduled to be held in July in Washimiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic. As a result, all activities related to the Lucky Star mikoshi (らき☆すた神輿), which would have participated for the third time at Yasakasai, have also been cancelled. Media coverage: Sports Hōchi
Kameishirō (亀石楼), a traditional ryokan in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it bridge over the sudden loss of revenue resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic. The campaign specifically employs the ryokan’s connection to seichijunrei, highlighting its role as a setting in Clannad After Story and proximity to locations from Hibike! Euphonium. Lower value donations will include an opportunity to photograph Clannad locations around the inn even without a room reservation, something normally not permitted. Higher value donations will include room reservations, meals, accommodation discounts and local products as gifts.