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
International Manga Anime Festival Reiwa Toshima
As part of International Manga Anime Festival Reiwa Toshima 2021 (国際マンガ・アニメ祭 Reiwa Toshima 2021), which will be held online February 26 and 27, Seichikaigi representative director and “seichijunrei producer” Kakizaki Shundō will be a panelist for a talk on managing anime and manga events during the Covid-19 pandemic. Media coverage: Comic Natalie
Tatebayashi Yorimoi contents tourism
Jōmō Shimbun published an article reflecting on seichijunrei and local engagement efforts for Sora yori mo Tōi Basho since the original 2018 Winter broadcast. For its part, the city has produced a guide map and worked with the Anime Tourism Association to hold a digital stamp rally. A city representative assesses that the anime has not yet been fully utilized, and plans to use series characters as tourism ambassadors and host events featuring the director and voice cast. Local restaurants have hosted fan organized character birthday celebrations. Some locals feel there has not been enough effort to monetize the presence of anime pilgrimages through tie-up goods. The city representative sees Kuki and Lucky Star as a case study for developing engagement initiatives and collaboration products for the purpose of regional development. Media coverage: Jōmō Shimbun
Yorimoi fans TV sponsorship
Sora yori mo Tōi Basho will air on Gunma Television for the first time starting February 1. To show support for Yorimoi in the viewing area, which includes the seichi Tatebayashi, fans organized a group to raise funds to sponsor the series. The approximately 100 members are mostly individual fans, but also several local restaurants. The sponsorship means the group will be allotted time slots to air commercials. Gunma Television indicated that program general sponsors are usually corporations and organizations. Though the sales staff were surprised by the inquiry, the local network was grateful for the support and worked with the fan representative to create a structure for implementing the group’s request. Media coverage: Mainichi Shimbun
Yuwaku Hanairo seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article reflecting on 10 years of seichijunrei to Yuwaku Onsen (湯涌温泉) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Hanasaku Iroha. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun
London K-On! locations
Kotobuki Minako, the voice actor for Kotobuki Tsumugi in K-On!, published a video on her YouTube channel of visiting London locations that appear in Eiga K-On! Media coverage: Otakomu, Anime News Network
Lucky Star mikoshi
Fuji TV variety quiz show The Ninety-nine Walls (99人の壁) recently included a question about Washinomiya Jinja and Lucky Star, including images of the Lucky Star mikoshi (らき☆すた神輿). Photos: screenshot, original image
Shizuoka Yuru Camp TV special
SBS TV program Sokoshiri (そこ知り) will broadcast an episode on February 2 featuring Shizuoka Prefecture locations used in the Yuru Camp series.
Shizuoka Yuru Camp exhibition
SBS TV aired a news story about the exhibition of Yuru Camp character panels and background art at Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport in Makinohara from January 22 to February 28. Media coverage: SBS TV
Tateyama Shigururi campaign shelved
Planned activities under the marketing collaboration campaign between the city of Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture and Sen’yoku no Sigrdrifa have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 emergency declaration for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Media coverage: Tokyo Shimbun
Yakumo new manga
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo, a promotional manga for tourism to Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture released four times a year, which is getting an anime adaptation scheduled for 2021 April, will also have a new manga based on the anime, with a story written by original creator Kashiwara Osamu. Media coverage: Mantanweb, Anime News Network, Crunchyroll News
(ゆるキャン△ SEASON2 Yurukyan Season 2)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Hamamatsu is the star this week, filling all but a few brief scenes elsewhere as Nadeshiko and Rin converge at Lake Hamana.
Minobu (身延町), Yamanashi Prefecture
Sanshinchō (三新町), Minami Ward, Hamamatsu (浜松市), Shizuoka Prefecture
Although there are faster routes linking the two areas, Rin diverts to smaller roads with lower speeds for safety.
Enoshimachō (江之島町), Minami Ward
Tracks for the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Tōkaidō Main Line run over the same viaduct, just before the east end of Benten-ōhashi, in Maisakachō Maisaka (舞阪町舞阪), Nishi Ward.
Nagisaen Campground (渚園 キャンプ場) in Maisakachō Bentenjima (舞阪町弁天島), Nishi Ward
This is a municipally run campground and known for its low prices.
Hamamatsu City Maisaka Omotehama Parking Lot (浜松市舞阪表浜駐車場) in Maisakachō Maisaka
Hamana-ōhashi spans the inlet connecting Lake Hamana (浜名湖) and the Pacific Ocean.
Hamanako Bentenjima Onsen Hotel Kaishunrō (浜名湖弁天島温泉ホテル 開春楼) in Maisakachō Bentenjima
At the time of writing, Kaishunrō is closed due to Covid-19 and a reopen date has not been decided.
The large red torii on the lake, on the south side of Bentenjima is referred to as the Bentenjima Tourism Symbol Tower (弁天島観光シンボルタワー).
The sun setting into the torii is visible for about a month before and after the winter solstice.
Kanzanji-chō (舘山寺町), Nishi Ward
I know I chopped off the main kanji in the sign. I’m more curious about the fine print at the bottom, with the name of the Kanzanji Onsen Tourism Association (舘山寺温泉観光協会). This is the sort of detail that, in the past, might have been rough sketched or omitted completely in the background art. But when the local tourism organization is an official collaborator with the production, no stroke or dot is left unpainted.
Una Una Pie (うなうなパイ) is in real life Unagi Pie (うなぎパイ), a cookie made in Hamamatsu that does not use or taste like eels.
Lake Hamana is the top eel producing center in Japan.
Wagashi-dokoro Shizuhana (和菓子処 しず花)
Rin is here to buy the confectioner’s signature “strawberry drops” (いちごの雫).
Fujitaya (藤田屋) is directly opposite Kiga Station in Hosoechō Kiga (細江町気賀), Kita Ward. The stand sells imagawayaki (今川焼き), or as it’s called at this shop ōban-yaki (大判焼き). Imagawayaki has many different names that vary by region and is usually filled with red bean paste.
The “oku” (奥) in Oku-Hamana (奥浜名) means inner part or interior. It’s a general name referring to all the areas on the inland (north) side of Lake Hamana. All of the locations from this point forward are considered Oku-Hamana.
Hamanako-Sakume Station (浜名湖佐久米駅) in Mikkabichō Sakume (三ヶ日町佐久米)
Photographers like to camp at Hamanako-Sakume Station in the winter to get shots of the gulls that swarm each time they are disturbed by incoming trains. Probably a good idea to wear a hat and make sure your coat is washable!
Unagi Sakume (うなぎ さくめ) is close to Hamanako-Sakume Station.
I’m a fan of bar seats, too. It’s like getting a free show with your meal.
Rin and Nadeshiko pass under the Tōmei Expressway (東名高速道路) and through the fumikiri for the Tenryū Hamanako Line just west of Hamanako-Sakume Station.
The location of Nadeshiko’s grandmother’s home is currently a vacant lot.
Hosoe Oku-Hamanako Observatory Park (細江奥浜名湖展望公園) in Hosoechō Kiga
At the time of writing, the observation deck is closed due to aging. You can reach the parking area and shelter, but the path leading from there to the deck is blocked off. The city government intends to redevelop the site. @tesra1141 visited when the deck was still open late last year and created a 360 degree image.
(のんのんびより のんすとっぷ Non Non Biyori Nonsutoppu)
Former Takahashi Shōten (高橋商店), a traditional candy shop in Kosuge, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. It seems the shop closed in 2020 after the elderly woman who ran it passed away.
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Harajuku, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3; Kabukuchō, Shinjuku Ward for Episode 5; Kichijōji, Musashino (all Tokyo Metropolis) for the OP, Episode 8 and Episode 9.