Super Cub スーパーカブ

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
A groundbreaking ceremony for reconstruction of the torii at Washinomiya Jinja (鷲宮神社) in Kuki, Saitama prefecture was held June 10. The historic gate, which collapsed in 2018 August, is an iconic location used in Lucky Star. Though the ceremony was small and open only to people that have a relationship with the shrine, in his report, Eruru (えるる @erukuma) indicates he was given permission to enter the cordoned area prior to the ceremony and take photos. He also shared that he had decided to make a 50,000 yen donation to the reconstruction fund, a level for which the donator’s name is engraved on a stone plaque at the shrine grounds. His thinking was that having one’s name permanently attached to a seichi, both in the sense of a shrine and anime pilgrimage location, is a pretty rare opportunity. Photos: tweet 1

A few days later, on June 15, heavy construction equipment, building materials and a work crew were on site as the torii rebuilding began in earnest. Photos: tweet 1

Lucky Star character birthday
Fans of Lucky Star held a low-key birthday celebration for character Hīragi Miki on June 13 at Jungle Kinenbi (ジャングル記念日) in Washinomiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture. Miki’s actual birthday is June 12. The cake was made by local confectioner Edelweiss (洋菓子倶楽部エーデルワイス). Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2

Yuyuyu character birthday
Fans of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru traveled to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture on June 12 to attend birthday celebrations for character Miyoshi Karin at Michi-no-eki Toyohama (道の駅とよはま). The Toyahama rest area is on the coast and a bit away from the central business district, but more centrally located cafe Godōan (梧桐庵) also had a Karin display for visitors. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3

Ōarai Garupan events cancelled
Girls & Panzer related events that had been planned for the November 13 Shōkō Kanshasai (商工感謝祭) and Ōarai Ankō Matsuri (大洗あんこう祭) in Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture have been cancelled in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, though the main events themselves are still scheduled to go ahead.

Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri
Hokkoku Shimbun published an article about the 2021 August release of Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri 2011-2021: 10 Years of History with Anime “Hanasaku Iroha” (湯涌ぼんぼり祭り2011-2021 ~アニメ「花咲くいろは」と歩んだ10年~), which has been covered previously. The article also notes that, although the festival has been postponed for the second year due to Covid-19, the public will still be able to support Yuwaku by sponsoring the lanterns that will be hung in the town from midsummer to fall. Support messages will be displayed on the lanterns and included in a commemorative magazine edited by the Manoyama Research Society (間野山研究学会). The book can be preordered here. Lantern sponsorships can be purchased here. A clearfile is also available here. Media coverage: Hokkoku Shimbun

Nishinomiya Cafe Dream
Nishinomiya Magazine published a review of breakfast offerings at Cafe Dream (珈琲屋ドリーム) in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture. The write up notes that Dream is a location model for the Suzumiya Haruhi series, though doesn’t clarify that the current shop is not the original location. I want to eat the photos. Media coverage: Nishinomiya Magazine

Flying Witch manga locations
Flying Witch manga volume 10, which was published June 9, includes scenes in Tokyo and Yokohama. The cover illustration features mangaka Ishizuka Chihiro’s favorite Yokohama spot, and is the first cover to use a location not in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. Media coverage: Hirosaki Keizai Shimbun

Niiza Shaman King locations
A contributor at Go Guy Net investigated Niiza Kannon Shingoin (新座観音神護院) in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture, which appears in Shaman King. Media coverage: Go Guy Net

Chiba Evangelion locations
Bunshun published an article about Ōyama Senmaida (大山千枚田), rice terraces in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, which appeared in the film Shin Evangelion Gekijōban. The story was covered previously, but this new article goes into more detail about the origin of the nonprofit organization preserving the terraces and farming methods. Media coverage: Bunshun

Kimetsu no Yaiba seichijunrei
Magazine Summit published a report on visiting Hōmangu Kamado Jinja (宝満宮竈門神社) in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture. This is one of many pseudo-seichi for Kimitsu no Yaiba, pilgrimage locations designated by fans because of shared names or visual similarities to content from the series, not because they were used as references for the setting. The full story has been covered previously. Media coverage: Magazine Summit

Saga Zonsaga seichijunrei
Yomiuri Shimbun published a review of the Zombie Land Saga series, which includes a passing mention of seichijunrei to Saga Prefecture. Media coverage: Yomiuri Shimbun

Kamakura Super Cub locations
The hotel KKR Kamakura Wakamiya (鎌倉わかみや), which appears in Super Cub Episode 6, setup a corner with materials from the series in a section of the lobby. The hotel plans to continue the corner through 2021 and invites fans to visit, even if not staying at the facility. Media coverage: All About News

Osaka Josee Tora locations
Osaka Metro Nine, a tourism promotion website produced by Osaka Metro, published part 2 of a brief introduction to Osaka locations featured in Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi.

Takayama Jujutsu Kaisen promotion
In a Takayama city council meeting on June 11, a representative indicated there is an intention to promote anime tourism based on the content of Jujutsu Kaisen. Media coverage: Chūnichi Shimbun

Mitarai audio guide
Mitarai district on Ōsaki-Shimojima, which is administratively part of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, launched a sightseeing audio guide on March 20. Voice actor Gibu Yūko (儀武ゆう子) was specifically sought for the role of narrating this guide, because she voiced the character Sakurada Maon in the Tamayura series. In the work, Maon-tan is originally from Mitarai, and the setting shifts from Takehara to Mitarai for her feature story arc. Media coverage: Hiroshima News TSS

Current Season Pilgrimage

@Bf109K1 made a cycling pilgrimage to Hokuto, Kai, Chūō and Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture for Super Cub Episode 7 through Episode 9.

@hamutane_ume published a report on all 14 Zombie Land Saga manhole covers installed across Saga Prefecture.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage (post 3) to Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture for Yuru Camp Season 2 Episode 8.