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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

Yuyuyu character birthday
Fans of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru traveled to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture on April 8 to attend birthday celebrations for character Tōgō Mimori/Washio Sumi at Michi-no-eki Toyohama (道の駅とよはま). Photos: tweet 1

Ube Evangelion exhibition
Ube Film Commision (宇部フィルムコミッション) and Shin Evangelion Gekijoban will hold an exhibition of background art from the film and character panels at TOKiSMA (常スマ) in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture from April 10 to May 31. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Yamaguchi Ube Keizai Shimbun

Anime regional development seminar
“Seichijunrei producer” Kakizaki Shundō (柿崎俊道) will be one of two panelists presenting Anime Regional Development School (アニメ地域おこし学校), a free online seminar on using anime and other pop culture media contents in regional revitalization projects, streamed live on April 19 at 19:30 JST. No registration is required and the stream will be available here. A playback will be available after the live event.

Ube Evangelion seichijunrei
There has been a media dogpile on the story of Evangelion fans making pilgrimages to Ubeshinkawa Station (宇部新川駅) and other locations in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which appears in new film Shin Evangelion Gekijōban and is the birthplace of director Anno Hideaki. Media coverage: Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun 2, Yamaguchi Shimbun, Norimono News, Asahi Shimbun (English), Maidona News, Net IB News

Hamamatsu Evangelion seichijunrei
Evangelion fans are making pilgrimages to the train turntable and roundhouse at Tenryū-Futamata Station (天竜二俣駅) in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Shin Evangelion Gekijōban. The site is a nationally registered tangible cultural property and parts of are used in the setting of the film. Director Anno Hideaki visited the site in 2017 June for location hunting, taking photos himself and giving blocking instructions to staff that accompanied him. Media coverage: Shizuoka Shimbun

Takayama Jujutsu Kaisen seichijunrei
Jujutsu Kaisen fans are making pilgrimages to Senkōji (千光寺) in Nyuukawa-chō Shimobo, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. Media coverage: Hida Keizai Shimbun

Kimetsu no Yaiba seichijunrei
Two additional pseudo-seichi for Kimetsu no Yaiba have emerged. Fans are visiting Takinogawa Hachiman Jinja (滝野川八幡神社) because Takinogawa, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis is said to be the birthplace of character Kochō Shinobu (胡蝶しのぶ), though neither the shrine nor area appear in the work. An alternative candidate for the spilt rock is Wareishi (われ岩) near Haban Jinja (破磐神社) in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture. Media coverage: Sirabee, Rocket News 24

Hida location map
Hida, Gifu Prefecture released the third edition of its Hida-Furukawa Osanpo Location Map (飛驒古川おさんぽロケ地MAP), which guides visitors to locations featured in TV and film productions, a communications piece it began publishing in 2017 after the response to Kimi no Na wa. Media coverage: Mainichi Shimbun, Dream News, Chūnichi Shimbun

Chichibu Railway Anohana collaboration
There was new reporting on the Chichibu Railway “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)—on April 3. A departure ceremony was held at Chichibu Station on April 3 from 12:30 to 13:25, the time of the first departure. Media coverage: NHK, Sankei Shimbun

Hisatsu Orange Railway Teibo collaboration
Hisatsu Orange Railway (肥薩おれんじ鉄道) in Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture began offering commemorative tickets featuring characters from Hōkago Teibō Nisshi on April 9, and began a display of frames from the manga at Sashiki Station (佐敷駅) on April 15. Both are part of the railway promotional campaign that began 2020 December 19 and includes a train wrapped with characters from the series.

Kappabashi Sarazanmai manhole cover
Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis installed a manhole cover featuring characters from Sarazanmai near Kappabashi intersection (合羽橋交差点). Media coverage: Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll News. Photos: tweet 1

Kyoto Go-Tōbun no Hanayome collaboration
A digital stamp rally in Kyoto for Go-Tōbun no Hanayome ∬ using smartphone app Butaimeguri will run from April 24 to July 11. The rally will include locations at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, and Fushimi Inari Taisha. Media coverage: Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll News

Current Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture for Super Cub Episode 1.

@hauyashi made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@teo_imperial made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Koganei, Toyko Metropolis for Ochikobore Fruit Tart.

@Hidamarie_win made a pilgrimage to Daiba, Minato Ward; Aomi, Ariake and Shinonome, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo.

@sunrain96 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Just Because!

@hoe0808 made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Yokoze and Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Yokoze, Saitama Prefecture for Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.