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
Kamiichi Hana no Ie
Students in the International Tourism Department at Toyama College of Welfare Science (富山福祉短期大学), under the guidance of Toyama Prefectural University lecturer and Butaitanbou-sha Community member Ōishi Gen (大石玄), presented proposals for better promotion and utilization of Hana no Ie (花の家) in Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture to the city mayor on February 3. The students have been conducting fieldwork since 2020 October. The traditional house was used by Hosoda Mamoru, who is from Kamiichi, as the model for the house in Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki. Media coverage: KNB, Kita Nippon Shimbun (paywall, syndication), Toyama Shimbun, Chūnichi Shimbun; Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2
Azabu-jūban Sailor Moon seichijunrei
Sports Nippon will publish a full-color newspaper on Gekijōban Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal, of which part 1 was released January 8 and part 2 is being released February 11. The 32 page special feature includes a report from and seichijunrei map of Azabu-jūban, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. Media coverage: Eiga.com
Uji Eupho collaboration
Fushimi Keizai Shimbun published an overview of Uji Winter Fest (宇治ウィンターフェスタ), the broad marketing collaboration between Uji City and Hibike! Euphonium taking place from 2020 December through 2021 March, covered previously. Media coverage: Fushimi Keizai Shimbun
Yowamushi Pedal collaboration
Regional free paper Rurubu Free (るるぶFREE) and the Shizuoka Prefecture Eastern Regional Sports Industry Promotion Council (静岡県東部地域スポーツ産業振興協議会) are the main organizers for a marketing collaboration with Yowamushi Pedal in the Izu area. The campaign will run until June 30 and includes a stamp rally with character panels at checkpoints. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun
Shizuoka Yuru Camp collaboration
Wrapped vehicles featuring Yuru Camp characters Kagamihara Nadeshiko and Shima Rin offered by rental car operators at Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport, part of previously covered tourism promotion campaign Yuru Camp x Shizuoka Prefecture (『ゆるキャン△』×静岡県), went into service February 1 and will be available until March 31. Media coverage: Yuru Camp x Shizuoka Prefecture, Anime Anime, Crunchyroll News
Nanto Cafe Trian True Tears collaboration
Cafe Trian, which is next to the P.A.Works main studio in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, will offer a True Tears collaboration menu from March 5 to May 23. Advance meal vouchers can be ordered online and are valid for six months, for interested parties unable to travel at this time. All purchasers will receive a limited run postcard with a character illustration. Posters and clear files featuring the same illustrations will also be available for sale. Media coverage: Cafe Trian, Famitsu, Comic Natalie
Tonoshō Takagi-san collaboration
Tonoshō, Kagawa Prefecture will launch a marketing collaboration with Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san, the main portion of which will run from the middle to end of March, and will include newly created illustrations and character panels setup in a gallery at the Tonoshō Port Terminal (土庄港港務所), a “butaitanbou map”, collaboration goods, and wrapped taxis. As part of this campaign, Shōdoshima Ferry (小豆島フェリー) began operating ships with character wrappings on February 10, with plans to decorate some cabin interiors around the beginning of March. Media coverage: Tonosho Town, WebNewtype, Anime Tourism Association
Tenhama Yuru Camp collaboration
Tenryū Hamanako Railroad (天竜浜名湖鉄道) will launch a marketing collaboration with Yuru Camp on February 12, which includes a wrapped train on the Tenryū Hamanako Line (天竜浜名湖線) and commemorative tickets. Media coverage: Tetsudō Channel
(ゆるキャン△ SEASON2 Yurukyan Season 2)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Michi-no-eki Fujiyoshida (道の駅 富士吉田)
Montbell Fujiyoshida shop (モンベル 富士吉田店)
Minobu (身延町), Yamanashi Prefecture
Ogino Yamanakako shop (オギノ 山中湖店)
Wakasagi (ワカサギ) is a type of smelt native to lakes and estuaries in Hokkaidō, but has been introduced to other locations, including California and here at Lake Yamanaka.
In Japan, ice fishing for wakasagi is a popular wintertime activity, also originating in Hokkaidō and spreading elsewhere. The voices of the fishermen are a guest performance by Fujimura Tadahisa (藤村忠寿), who is also depicted graphically as the character in the center. Fujimura is one of the two creators of How do you like Wednesday? (水曜どうでしょう), a travel themed TV variety show that aired on HTB in Sapporo from 1996 to 2002. Both creators appeared in guest roles in Episode 5.
Lake Yamanaka (山中湖) in Yamanakako
Misaki Campground (みさきキャンプ場) in Yamanakako
The surly camp manager is voiced by Ureshino Masamichi (嬉野雅道), the other creator of How do you like Wednesday?
(のんのんびより のんすとっぷ Non Non Biyori Nonsutoppu)