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
LuckyFes circle list
A participating circle list has been published for Lucky Star & Maesetsu! Dōjinshi Sokubaikai (らき☆すた＆まえせつ！同人誌即売会)—commonly referred to as LuckyFes (らき☆ふぇす)—which will be held November 22 at three venues in Washinomiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture. This is a dōjinshi event specifically targeting Lucky Star and (as of this year) Maesetsu! derived contents.
Washinomiya Jinja torii rebuilding
Over two years after the torii at Washinomiya Jinja (鷲宮神社) collapsed, there is movement on plans to replace the historic gate and iconic location used in Lucky Star. Eruru (えるる @erukuma) reports that preliminary discussions indicate the replacement will be made of concrete, rather than wood or stone, which are harder to both procure and make compliant with contemporary earthquake resistance standards.
Tokorozawa Totoro collaboration
As reported earlier, departure melodies on the platforms at Tokorozawa Station were changed to arrangements of pieces from the Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) original score beginning November 3, and a bronze monument to characters from the film near the station east exit was unveiled the following day, concurrent with the 70th anniversary of the incorporation of Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture as a city. Director Miyazaki Hayao lives in Tokorozawa, and elements of the film setting are based loosely on locations in the outskirts of the city, near the border with Higashimurayama. This is the first time music from a Ghibli film has been used as a departure melody in Japan. Media coverage: NHK, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Anime News Network
Sakurashinmachi Sazae-san creator museum
The Hasegawa Machiko Memorial Museum (長谷川町子記念館) in Sakurashinmachi, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis opened in July, but only recently began appearing in news items. The museum celebrates the life and work of the Sazae-san (サザエさん) creator. Generally, a creator museum isn’t considered a seichijunrei destination, however the setting of the series was based on Sakurashinmachi beginning from 1949, when the comic was picked up by the Asahi Shimbun. Media coverage: Casa Brutus, Fuji News Network
(神様になった日 Kamisama ni Natta Hi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
With possible exception of the highway chase, all locations are in Yamanashi City (山梨市), Yamanashi Prefecture.
Sashidenoiso Daitakesan Jinja (差出磯大嶽山神社)