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 donations
Washinomiya Jinja (鷲宮神社) in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture is now soliciting donations to fund the rebuilding of the torii, as well as renewal and reinforcement of other structures on grounds, which will take place in 2021. The historic gate, which collapsed in 2018 August, is an iconic location used in Lucky Star.
Higashi-Mihama Kyoani support notebook stolen
Higashi-Mihama Station had long been a pilgrimage location for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! prior to the 2019 August arson attack on Kyoto Animation. In addition to the pilgrimage exchange notebook kept in the unmanned station building, after the attack, a fan setup a second notebook for visitors to record messages of support for the studio, with the intention to eventually deliver it to Kyoani. Sometime between October and December 6 this year, the notes were taken. The station is managed by staff from Tsuruga Station, but the loss had not been noticed due to infrequent patrols. Media coverage: Fukui Shimbun
Jungle Kinenbi New Year’s Eve event
Jungle Kinenbi (ジャングル記念日), a Lucky Star themed snack bar in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, will host a special event with extended late night hours on December 31 to celebrate the new year. Reservations are required.
Tamako character birthday
A fan-organized Tamako Market character birthday for Kitashirakawa Tamako hosted by Shin Keihan (しんけーはん @shinkeihan6350) is planned for December 31 at midday in Demachi, Kyoto, though a specific venue has not yet been decided.
Uji Eupho events
A collection of events and marketing collaborations between Uji City, Keihan Railway and Hibike! Euphonium will run from 2020 December 15 to 2021 February 28. During this period, under the banner Uji City x Hibike! Euphonium Uji Winter Fest (宇治市×「響け！ユーフォニアム」 宇治ウィンターフェスタ), there will be a digital stamp rally using smartphone app Butaimeguri, character panels in multiple stations on the Keihan Uji Line as well as businesses in Uji which will change location over time, and special menus and other promotions at restaurants and shops in shōtengai in the center of Uji.
On January 17, a multi-pronged event will include a concert by local senior high school concert bands and talk by Eupho author Takeda Ayano onsite at Ōbakusan Manpuku-ji (黄檗山萬福寺) with limited seating, additional performances by other local junior and senior high school concert bands at remote locations, and broadcast of a video visiting Todō High School, the location model for Kita Uji High School in the series. All of this will be streamed live on YouTube. Media coverage: Uji City official site, Uji City Tourism Association, Hibike! Euphonium official site
Yuwaku recovery event
As part of a second push in the Yuwaku Onsen Recovery Campaign (湯涌温泉リカバリーキャンペーン), an acoustic live concert by nano.RIPE is planned for 2021 January 31 at the Kanazawa Yuwaku Edo-mura Former Ishikawa House (金沢湯涌江戸村 旧石倉家). Event capactity is limited to 50, with 20 spots available for people with accomodation in Yuwaku booked for January 31, and 30 additional spots selected by lottery. Lottery tickets can be obtained when spending a minimum 1,000 JPY at Yuwaku Onsen Tourism Association member businesses. nano.RIPE performs the anime theme music for Hanasaku Iroha, set in Yuwaku, Non Non Biyori and other series.
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: Gadget Tsūshin, J-Town Net
(神様になった日 Kamisama ni Natta Hi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
One vaguely resembling candidate, but otherwise the origin of this location is still unknown.