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
Kashihara Cafe Sando
Cafe Sando (喫茶サンド) in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture marked eight years since the Kyōkai no Kanata pilgrimage exchange notebook was setup at the shop and thanked fans for their visits over the years.
Koganei Nezumi Matsuri
A collaboration event between Koganei City and Ochikobore Fruit Tart—Higako & Musako Nezumi Matsuri 2021 Spring (ヒガコ＆ムサコ ねずみまつり 2021春)—was held March 7. The collaboration included character panels, seichijunrei map, and goods sales. Protestors who found the content of the series problematic and disapprove of the marketing tie up with the city passed out fliers. Media coverage: Kotaku; Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3
Minobusan Ropeway Yuru Camp collaboration
Minobusan Ropeway (身延山ロープウェイ) will launch a Yuru Camp collaboration campaign on March 13 to commemorate the ropeway’s appearance in the series and its new panorama view gondolas, which went into service February 23. The campaign will include commemorative tickets and IC card holders featuring Minobusan scenes from the series.
Shizuoka Yuru Camp exhibition
The exhibition of Yuru Camp character panels moved to Michi-no-Eki Fujikawa Rakuza (道の駅 富士川楽座), where it will be on display from March 3 to 28. Media coverage: Shizuoka Shimbun
(ゆるキャン△ SEASON2 Yurukyan Season 2)
This is the second time the Skyline has been teased this season. Many are looking forward to finally getting the full treatment in the next episode.
Minobu (身延町), Yamanashi Prefecture
Rin’s grandfather explains the “dry winds of Enshū” (遠州のからっ風) on the ride home from Hamamatsu. Karakkaze (からっ風) are leeward winds, which are dry due to air masses precipitating their water vapor as they rise up and pass over mountains. Northwest winds in Hamamatsu refer to Enshū (遠州), the abbreviated name of former Tōtōmi Province (遠江国), which is now western Shizuoka Prefecture. Tōtōmi is the old name for Lake Hamana.
(のんのんびより のんすとっぷ Non Non Biyori Nonsutoppu)