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
Yuyuyu character birthday
Fans of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru traveled to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture on December 6 to attend birthday celebrations for character Inubōzaki Itsuki at michi-no-eki Toyohama (道の駅 とよはま).
(神様になった日 Kamisama ni Natta Hi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 9.
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 3 and Episode 6.
Fuefukigawa Fruit Park (笛吹川フルーツ公園) in Yamanashi City (山梨市), Yamanashi Prefecture
Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21), Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Fuefukigawa Fruit Park
Minato Mirai 21
Fuefukigawa Fruit Park
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@ad_motsu (updated post) and @Deep_adulttweet (post) made pilgrimages to Ariake, Kōtō Ward for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai Episode 10.
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Koganei and Kodaira, Tokyo Metropolis for Ochikobore Fruit Tart Episode 5.
@ritu01238 made a pilgrimage to Shikke, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Adachi to Shimamura Episode 4; Motosu, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 3 and Episode 6.
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto and Nara for Tonikaku Kawaii.
@Surwill published a Street View tour and archive images of locations in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara for Tonikaku Kawaii.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Chitose, Ishikari Subprefecture, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Jashin-chan Dropkick’.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Nanbu and Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Heya Camp.
@626shin made a pilgrimage to Ureshino, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp.
@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Tōyako and Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.