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
Watanabe Mikiko background art exhibition
The family of Kyoto Animation art director Watanabe Mikiko (渡辺美希子) is putting on an exhibition of backgrounds she created in her hometown Kuwana, Mie Prefecture. Kyoani retrieved work she had saved digitally before the attack, including backgrounds from Gekijōban Violet Evergarden. Media coverage: Chūnichi Shimbun, Kyoto Shimbun, Kyodo, Ise Shimbun
Cafe Dream and Haruhi
Anibu published an article about visiting Cafe Dream in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, noting the Haruhi paraphernalia at the shop.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to the Royal Host Akihabara shop in Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunōsen, including official marketing collaboration.