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

Washinomiya Jinja torii rebuilding
Reconstruction of the torii at Washinomiya Jinja (鷲宮神社) in Kuki, Saitama prefecture is underway. The historic gate, which collapsed in 2018 August, is an iconic location used in Lucky Star. Photos: tweet 1

Reappearing Buildings Part 4
I thought we might have seen the last of Kai’s buildings. I thought wrong. These buildings or variations on them have appeared in Non Non Biyori, Sakura Quest and Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! We can now add Zombie Land Saga Revenge to this list, and in the Meiji era no less! Previous discussion here, here and here.

Fujisawa Kamakura Aobuta locations
Tore Tabi—a website managed by JR Group affiliated Kōtsū Shinbunsha—published an article introducing Fujisawa and Kamakura locations featured in Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai. The article was written with the cooperation of and quotes advertising copy from the Anime Tourism Association. Media coverage: Tore Tabi

Observers noted (tweet 1, tweet 2) the proposed travel schedule seems forced. To even just be physically present at the locations in the tour for more than brief moments, to say nothing of allowing for meaningful engagement with those places, requires more time. Similar criticisms have been made of itineraries promoted by the Anime Tourism Association in the past through the Kadokawa published Walker magazine.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Ochi and Kōchi City, Kōchi Prefecture for Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Nakano, Nakano Ward; Horikiri, Katsushika Ward; Kamishakujii, Nerima Ward; Hamura Station in Hamura; Ishida-ōhashi in Hino (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis); Sugekitaura, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for SSSS.Dynazenon ED, Episode 1 and key visuals.

@626shin also made a pilgrimage to Horikiri, Katsushika Ward; Tennōzu Fureai-bashi (viewed from Kōnan, Minato Ward); Kamiigusa Station in Kamiigusa, Suginami Ward; Mitake Station and Mitakebashi in Mitakehonchō, Ōme; Shakujii Park in Nerima Ward; Yanagihara, Adachi Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis for SSSS.Dynazenon Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture; Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture for Yuru Camp Season 2 Episode 8.

@sunrain96 made a pilgrimage to Kisarazu and Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture for Sen’yoku no Sigrdrifa.