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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

The Day I Became a God

(神様になった日 Kamisama ni Natta Hi)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nadukari_h (post) and @habusan (updated wiki) made pilgrimages to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 6.

@habusan made a pilgrimage (updated wiki) to Kōfu and Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Motomachi, Naka Ward and Minato Mirai 21, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 3.

Episode 6

With possible exception of the highway chase, all locations are in Yamanashi City (山梨市), Yamanashi Prefecture.

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Residential neighborhood

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Sashidenoiso Daitakesan Jinja (差出磯大嶽山神社)

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Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Koganei, Tokyo Metropolis for Ochikobore Fruit Tart Episode 5.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Daiba, Minato Ward; Aomi and Ariake, Kōtō Ward for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai Episode 7.

@Zacharylion created a dedicated website for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai pilgrimage information, including detailed maps.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Inokashira Park in Mitaka; Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Tonikaku Kawaii Episode 6.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Takabocchiyama and Suwa, Nagano Prefecture for Yuru Camp.

@ritu01238 made a pilgrimage to Kamo Garden in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture for Hyōka.