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
Tamako Market character birthday
The fan-organized birthday celebration for Tamako Market character Asagiri Shiori is confirmed for April 4 13:00 at the Kamogawa delta (鴨川デルタ) in Demachi, Kyoto. Register here.
Kōzen-ji Yuru Camp seichijunrei
Sankei Shimbun published an article about Kōzen-ji (光前寺) in Komagane, Nagano Prefecture and the Hayatarō legend, mentioning that Yuru Camp fans have been making seichijunrei visits since the temple and its canine spirit were featured in the manga, and later in the anime. Media coverage: Sankei Shimbun
Anime and regional promotion
At Rethink Forum (Rethinkフォーラム), a panel discussion event held March 26 in Saga City, participants discussed the use of anime as a tool for regional promotion. Saga Prefecture governor Yoshinori Yamaguchi (山口祥義) introduced examples from Yūri!!! on Ice and Zombie Land Saga. Media coverage: Saga Shimbun
Chichibu Railway Anohana collaboration
Chichibu Railway will begin running the “Super Peace Busters Train” (超平和バスターズトレイン), a completely wrapped trainset featuring characters from the Chichibu trilogy—Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (Anohana), Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (Kokosake), and Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo (Soraao)—from April 3. A departure ceremony will be held at Chichibu Station on April 3 from 12:30 to 13:25, the time of the first departure, a temporary express bound for Kumagaya. Passengers on that train will receive a boarding memorial certificate and clearfile. Media coverage: @Press, Tetsudō Fan
Chichibu Anohana police poster
A new recruitment poster used by the Chichibu police department features artwork from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (Anohana) and includes the message, “the Chichibu police station is also watching over the seichi” (秩父警察署も聖地を見守っています). Media coverage: Saitama Shimbun, Crunchyroll News
Yuru Camp video message
The Yuru Camp official Twitter account published a video message from representatives of Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefecture institutions and businesses that appear in the second season, asking viewers to visit them.
Nishiizu Yuru Camp panels
Yuru Camp character panels have been popping up at multiple locations around Shizuoka Prefecture as part of a coordinated marketing campaign that includes places appearing in the currently airing second season. This week, new panels appeared at Sawada Park (photos: tweet 1) and Dōgashima (photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3) in Nishiizu. Media coverage: Shizuoka Shimbun
Yuru Camp live action
The live action adaptation of Yuru Camp Season 2 was filmed over the past autumn and winter, and will begin broadcasting in April. Representatives of the local film commission and government officials in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture expressed the hope that viewers will be encouraged to visit Nodayama Kenkō Ryokuchi Park (野田山健康緑地公園), which is currently under renovation but will reopen in August. Media coverage: Shizuoka Shimbun
Tonoshō Takagi-san collaboration
Tonoshō, Kagawa Prefecture released the new version of its Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san “butaitanbou map” featuring original illustrations, part of the city’s marketing collaboration with the series, covered previously. Media coverage: Shikoku Shimbun
(ゆるキャン△ SEASON2 Yurukyan Season 2)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Nagisabashi (渚橋) in Maisakachō Bentenjima (舞阪町弁天島), Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu (浜松市), Shizuoka Prefecture
Dōgashima (堂ヶ島) in Nishina
Dōgashima Sea Cave Skylight (堂ヶ島天窓洞)
Food Store Aoki Nishiizu shop (フードストアあおき 西伊豆店) in Nishina
This route has many hairpin turns.
I think this is also along the Makiba no Ie grounds, around here, but it’s hard to tell.
Not made clear in the episode is that, though it’s the same road and it also has a nice view, the section of the route we’ve been traveling up to this point is the Nishi Amagi Kōgen Line (西天城高原線), an 8.1 km section that begins at Nishina Pass. The Nishiizu Skyline (西伊豆スカイライン) is the 10.8 km section that begins at the Funabara Pass (船原峠) in Izu, also known as the Tōtō Pass (土肥峠), and continues on to Heda Pass (戸田峠) in Numazu. Once the group arrives at Darumayama (next cut), they have passed Funabara and at that point are on the Nishiizu Skyline. My sense is that because the Nishiizu Skyline is a much older road and the name is well known, many people just use that to refer to both parts.
Darumayama (達磨山) spans the boundary between Izu and Numazu. This access point is on the Izu side, from the Nishiizu Skyline.
Darumayama Kōgen Rest House (だるま山高原レストハウス) in Izu
Darumayama Kōgen Campground (だるま山高原キャンプ場) in Izu
Cape Mihama (御浜岬) in Numazu
Darumayama Kōgen Campground
(のんのんびより のんすとっぷ Non Non Biyori Nonsutoppu)
Former Takahashi Shōten (高橋商店) in Kosuge, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
I enjoy and agree with Renge’s philosophical take on the walk to the bus stop. Though you may walk the same route every day, each time there will be something a little (or a lot) different. It’s easy to fall into a routine and overlook environmental changes, especially as we age. To be a flaneur is to obligate oneself to see the world through a child’s eyes again.
Former Ogawa Elementary School Shimozato Branch