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 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

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

Past Season Pilgrimage

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture for Oshi ga Budōkan Ittekuretara Shinu.

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Minobu, Nanbu, Fujikawaguchiko, Ichikawamisato and Narusawa (all Yamanashi Prefecture) for Heyacamp.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for Fragtime.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage (post 7) to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club.

@112233aabbccdde made a pilgrimage to Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture; Kuwana, Mie Prefecture; Nezu, Bunkyō Ward and Honchō, Nakano Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Marrakesh, Morocco for Lupin Sansei: Twilight Gemini no Himitsu.