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 fans support Karatsu restaurant
Caravan (キャラバン) is a steak restaurant in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture. Owner-chef Kawakami Akinori (河上彰範) is also an anime fan and supports local engagement with visitors on pilgrimages for Yūri!!! on Ice and Zombie Land Saga through a dedicated rest space in the restaurant and free bicycle rentals. Confronting a substantial loss in revenue due to the Covid-19 epidemic, and in response to fans expressing on social media an interest in supporting the shop, Kawakami began offering online a “Caravan Supporters Ticket” (キャラバンサポーターズチケット), which prepays for future meals at the restaurant. In the first ten days of sales, fans from Japan, China, Canada and the US purchased about 200 tickets equivalent to over 1 million yen. Media coverage: Nishi Nippon Shimbun
— 河上シェフ❄ (@caravan1979) May 14, 2020