The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

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

Washinomiya Jinja torii rebuilding
Washinomiya Jinja (鷲宮神社) posted a public notice indicating reconstruction of the torii will begin in 2021 Fall. The historic gate, which collapsed in 2018 August, is an iconic location used in Lucky Star.

Toyosato cleaning
Anime fans participated in the annual volunteer deep clean at former Toyosato Elementary School (豊郷小学校旧校舎群) on December 12, emphasizing attention on areas that building staff aren’t able to apportion time during routine cleaning. The school is an historic building in Toyosato, Shiga Precture and location model for K-On!

Kaigake cleaning
A small group of anime fans organized a deep clean of the club room at former Kaigake Elementary School (旧鎌掛小学校) on December 12. The school is an historic building in Hino, Shiga Precture and location model for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!

Yuyuyu character birthday
Koyoikaze (こよいかぜ @koyoikaze) published a photo essay including the December 6 to birthday celebrations for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru character Inubōzaki Itsuki at Michi-no-eki Toyohama (道の駅とよはま), as well as adjacent seichijunrei travels in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture.

Yorimoi character birthday
Fujinon (ふじのん @huji_nonn) published a report and photography from fan-organized December 12 birthday celebrations for Sora yori mo Tōi Basho character Shiraishi Yuzuki at Shiromachi Shokudō (城町食堂) in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture.

Kimetsu no Yaiba seichijunrei
Another week, another batch of articles about Kimetsu no Yaiba pilgrimage. The content of these pieces has been discussed previously. Media coverage: Oricon News, Chūbu Keizai Shimbun, Abema Times, Zakzak, Hokkoku Shimbun, Chūnichi Shimbun

Tachikawa Toaru collaboration
Tachikawa Tourism Association (立川観光協会) sponsored a product sales event at Isetan deparment store Tachikawa branch (伊勢丹立川店) and smartphone based digital stamp rally in Tachikawa on November 7 and 8 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of marketing collaborations between the city and the Toaru Majutsu no Index series and spinoffs. Media coverage: Tachikawa Keizai Shimbun

Den’enchōfu Furuba collaboration
Den’enchōfu Shotengai Promotion Association (田園調布商店街振興組合) in Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis is sponsoring a Christmas themed collaboration between the district and Fruits Basket (TVアニメ「フルーツバスケット」コラボ企画 Den-en-chofu Christmas 2020), including release of a collaboration poster and augmented reality smartphone app. The collaboration will run from November 7 to December 25. Media coverage: Official site, Mantanweb, Otafull, Anibu, Anime News Network

Sotobō Kiminami cycling tour
Chiba-Bōsō Bicycle Play Council (千葉・房総自転車アソビ協議会) is organizing a cycling tour of locations around the Sotobō area in Chiba Prefecture that appear in Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara (グランサイクルロゲイニング×きみと、波にのれたら~スナメリ探しの3か月~). Reservations should be made in advance. The tour can accept up to 20 riders per day and will run from 2020 November 15 to 2021 February 20. Media coverage: Cycle Sports

The Day I Became a God

(神様になった日 Kamisama ni Natta Hi)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City and Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 10.

@habusan made a pilgrimage (updated wiki) to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture and Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 8 and Episode 9.

Opening Credits

A few new cuts were added to the opening credits for Episode 10.

The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

It’s not yet known if the sanatorium is a real building.

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This observation deck in Fuefukigawa Fruit Park (笛吹川フルーツ公園) has a plaque indicating selection by NPO Lover’s Sanctuary (恋人の聖地), which has the dual mission of regional revitalization and reversing the declining birthrate, through promotion of locations it deems ideal for marriage proposals. That’s a tall order and a rather roundabout way of addressing it, but I digress. The deck is the background for the series key visual, but this is the first time it appears in show.

Episode 10

This week is a mix of recycled locations, expansion of exiting ones, and a few new spots, cycling between Yamanashi City (山梨市) and Kōfu (甲府市), Yamanashi Prefecture

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Nezu-bashi (根津橋) in Yamanashi City

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Yamanashi High School (山梨県立山梨高等学校) in Yamanashi City

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Berume Sakurachō-dōri Shōtengai (ベルメ桜町通り商店街) in Kōfu

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Yamanashi High School

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The returning basketball court combines implied location in Manriki Park (万力公園) in Yamanashi City with hardware from Kose Sports Park (山梨県小瀬スポーツ公園) in Kōfu.

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Yamanashi High School

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Non-existant ramen shop situated roughly in the Fruit-kōen-iriguchi intersection (フルーツ公園入口交差点) in Yamanashi City

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Michi-no-eki Yamanashi (街の駅やまなし)

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Outside the north entrance of Yamanashishi Station (山梨市駅)

The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

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Yamanashi High School

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Outside the north entrance of Kōfu Station (甲府駅), the beginning of a sequence of locations in Kōfu

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Nishiki-dōri (錦通り)

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Berume Sakurachō-dōri Shōtengai

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Kasuga Mall (春日モール)

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Disaster Prevention New Building intersection (防災新館東交差点). Off screen is the multi-function government building that appeared in Episode 4, for which the intersection is named.

The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

Back in Yamanashi City, this spot is adjacent to an additional grade level railroad crossing on the Chūō Main Line (中央本線), the Shinmachi fumikiri (新町踏切). The crossing is near the Manriki Shindō fumikiri, which appeared in Episode 5.

The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

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Outside the north entrance of Yamanashishi Station

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Yamanashi High School

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The Day I Became a God 神様になった日

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ritu01238 made a pilgrimage to Motosu, Gifu Prefecture for Adachi to Shimamura Episode 10.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Daiba, Minato Ward for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai Episode 11.

@sunrain96 made a pilgrimage to Daiba, Minato Ward for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai multiple episodes.

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Koganei, Tokyo Metropolis for Ochikobore Fruit Tart Episode 7 and Episode 8.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Koganei, Tokyo Metropolis for Ochikobore Fruit Tart Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@koyoikaze made a pilgrimage to Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture for Sen’yoku no Sigrdrifa Episode 9 and Episode 10.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@sunrain96 made a pilgrimage to Funabashi and Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Kan.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Kakushigoto.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Gekijōban Tagatame no Alchemist.