Laid-Back Camp Season 2 ゆるキャン△ SEASON2

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

Laid-Back Camp Season 2

(ゆるキャン△ SEASON2 Yurukyan Season 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Minobu, Nanbu, Kai and Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture; Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 1 through Episode 9.

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 7.

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Nagisabashi (渚橋) in Maisakachō Bentenjima (舞阪町弁天島), Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu (浜松市), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Dōgashima Shokudō (堂ヶ島食堂) in Nishina (仁科), Nishiizu (西伊豆町), Shizuoka Prefecture

Looks tasty (tweet 1, tweet 2).

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Dōgashima (堂ヶ島) in Nishina

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Dōgashima Sea Cave Skylight (堂ヶ島天窓洞)

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Sanshirōjima (三四郎島) and Dōgashima tonbolo (堂ヶ島のトンボロ)

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Food Store Aoki Nishiizu shop (フードストアあおき 西伊豆店) in Nishina

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Intersection near Ugusu Jinja (宇久須神社) in Ugusu (宇久須), Nishiizu (Street View) [Credit: @QgrlVszS4b2Ordg, Twitter]

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(Street View)

This route has many hairpin turns.

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Nishi Amagi Kōgen “Makiba no Ie” (西天城高原「牧場の家」) in Ugusu (Street View) [Credit: @QgrlVszS4b2Ordg, Twitter]

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I think this is also along the Makiba no Ie grounds, around here, but it’s hard to tell.

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Nishina Pass (仁科峠) spans Nishiizu and Izu. At this point we’re still on the Nishiizu side. (Street View) [Credit: @QgrlVszS4b2Ordg, Twitter]

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Just beyond the previous cut, we cross from Nishiizu into Yugashima (湯ケ島), Izu (伊豆市), Shizuoka Prefecture (Street View)

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.

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Darumayama (達磨山) spans the boundary between Izu and Numazu. This access point is on the Izu side, from the Nishiizu Skyline.

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Darumayama Kōgen Rest House (だるま山高原レストハウス) in Izu

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Darumayama Kōgen Campground (だるま山高原キャンプ場) in Izu

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Cape Deai (出逢い岬) in Heda (戸田村), Numazu (沼津市), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Cape Mihama (御浜岬) in Numazu

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Darumayama Kōgen Campground

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Fumotoppara (ふもとっぱら) campground in Fujinomiya (富士宮市), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Darumayama

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Laid-Back Camp Season 2 ゆるキャン△ SEASON2

Non Non Biyori Nonstop

(のんのんびより のんすとっぷ Non Non Biyori Nonsutoppu)

Episode 12

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Former Ogawa Elementary School Shimozato Branch (旧小川町立小川小学校下里分校) in Ogawa (小川), Saitama Prefecture

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Former Takahashi Shōten (高橋商店) in Kosuge, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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Shibuya Station (渋谷駅) in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis [Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

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Musashino Academia Musicae (武蔵野音楽大学) in Hazawa, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis [Credit: @nomaki_inae, Twitter]

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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.

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Former Ogawa Elementary School Shimozato Branch

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Fuchū, Tokyo Metropolis for Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 Episode 9 and Episode 11.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@Hidamarie_win made a pilgrimage to Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai.

@ritu01238 made a pilgrimage to Inagekaigan, Mihama Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Kan.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shimonada Station in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shimonada Station in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture for Nekomonogatari (Kuro).