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
Contents tourism after Covid-19
Contents tourism researcher Okamoto Takeshi (岡本健) will give an online talk on the post-Covid-19 tourism environment, including seichijunrei, June 5 at 8:00pm JST.
Cafe Dream crowdfunding
Nishinomiya institution and sine qua non of Suzumiya Haruhi pilgrimage Cafe Dream (珈琲屋ドリーム) launched a crowdfunding campaign to help bridge a sudden loss of revenue resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic. Lower value donations will include coupons that can be redeemed for coffee and meals at future cafe visits. Higher value donations can go toward a coffee making class or a year of fresh roasted coffee bean deliveries to your home (in Japan).
— スズキ リョウマ (@RyomaSuzuki) June 2, 2020