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
Ōtemae University symposium
Ōtemae University (大手前大学) will hold a symposium at its Sakura Shukugawa campus in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture on October 9 to commemorate the establishment of its Department of International Japanese Studies (国際日本学部). The department will be active beginning 2022 April, targeting a cross-section of history, language and culture. One of the examples mentioned among the range of topics the department is intended to address is changes in regional areas brought about by anime seichijunrei (アニメの「聖地巡礼」の地域の変容). Media coverage: PR Times (press release)
Colmar Gochiusa VR seichijunrei
Panora published an article about using application VRChat to go on a virtual reality seichijunrei tour of Colmar, France for Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? The second half of the article is an interview with Nobel Choco (ノーベルチョコ @nobelchoco), who created the 3D rendering of Colmar, as well as an Aria seichijunrei tour of Venice, as a hobby. Nobel Choco used a DSLR, 360 degree camera, and applications Reality Capture and Blender to create a package that can be used in VRChat. Media coverage: Panora
Nanto True Tears seichijunrei
Kita Nippon Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Jōhana, Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for True Tears. The piece mentions efforts by the Nanto City Tourism Association (南砺市観光協会) and P.A. Works to encourage anime tourism to the area through the series. It also includes several comments from Sakoda Muneyuki (佐古田宗幸 @parus0810), who emigrated to Nanto after multiple visits motivated by the series. Sakoda is now manager of the Nanto City Creator Plaza (南砺市クリエイタープラザ), also known as Sakura Crea (桜クリエ), and representative director of PARUS (Produce Area Research & Utility Support Center 地域発新力研究支援センター), which is P.A. Works’ regional development arm. Media coverage: Kita Nippon Shimbun
Kimetsu no Yaiba seichijunrei
There was additional reporting on the trend of Kimetsu no Yaiba fans visiting locations they have associated with the work because of shared names or visual similarities to content from the series, not because they were used as references for the setting. The content of these pieces has been discussed previously. This new article specifically highlights locations in the Tōhoku region. Kahoku Shimpō
Tanashi Atashinchi locations
Urban Life Metro published an article introducing locations in Tanashi, Nishitokyo, Tokyo Metropolis that appear in long-running manga and anime series Atashinchi. Media coverage: Urban Life Metro
Gunma Omagun locations
Jōmō Shimbun published an article introducing locations in Gunma Prefecture that appear in manga and anime series Omae wa Mada Gunma o Shiranai. The piece mentions various efforts to promote tourism to Gunma through the series. Media coverage: Jōmō Shimbun
Tokyo anime tourism subsidies
Tokyo Metropolitan Government is soliciting applications to request subsidies for construction, renovation, maintenance, information dissemination or events that utilize anime or live-action film contents to promote local tourism. The subsidies are available to municipal governments and tourism promotion organizations and associations. Examples of possible submissions include manga character monuments in the location where a work was set, manhole covers designed with anime characters related to the area, implementing an online tour of filming locations, and hosting voice actor talk events related to anime set in the local area.
Fukui 2.43 collaboration
Fukui Museum of Literature (福井県ふるさと文学館) in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture is hosting an exhibition of keyframes and character panels for 2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Barē-bu, available until November 23. Media coverage: NHK, Fukui Shimbun, Fukui Keizai Shimbun
Chiba Urban Monorail Oregairu collaboration
Chiba Urban Monorail will extend the run of the Oregairu-gō (俺ガイル号), a wrapped train featuring characters from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru., until 2022 March 31.
Tsuribito Teibo special
Fishing magazine Tsuribito Vol. 549, published September 28, is a special issue featuring commentary on Hōkago Teibō Nisshi and includes a map of locations in Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture that appeared in the work. The magazine is priced at 1,540 JPY and a free sample is available online. Media coverage: Tsuribito, Comic Natalie
(小林さんちのメイドラゴンS Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon S)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Except where noted otherwise, the Maid Dragon locations in Episode 12 are in Koshigaya (越谷市), Saitama Prefecture, either literally or notionally.
Koshigaya Station (越谷駅) east entrance
I like the detail of the posters in the tight shot.
Tōru is helping assemble lanterns on Shiyakusho-mae-dōri (市役所前中央通り), on the east side of the station.
Along the Motoara River (元荒川) in Kawarazone
Koshigaya Twincity (越谷ツインシティ)
The location of the festival is Kita-Koshigaya Sakuratsutsumi (北越谷桜堤), a park comprising a long stretch of the embankment on the north side of the Motoara River, beginning at and running south from the Shinmei Bridge (神明橋), which appeared in Episode 6. You can probably guess from the name that this is a cherry blossom viewing spot in springtime. @york21c noted the grass was extremely tall and full of insects when he visited this past week, but that this is mowed to allow access during the Motoarakawa Sakuratsutsumi Matsuri (元荒川桜堤桜まつり) in March and April.
Shinmei Bridge (Street View)
Tobu Skytree Line (東武スカイツリーライン)
Shirakobato Bridge (しらこばと橋)
(白い砂のアクアトープ Shiroi Suna no Akuatōpu)
Chinen Marine Leisure Center (知念海洋レジャーセンター)
Azama Sun Sun Beach (あざまサンサンビーチ)
Kudaken Beach (久手堅ビーチ)
Azama Sun Sun Beach
Intersection of National Route 331 (国道331号) and Shining Sun Road (サンサンロード)
Intersection of National Route 331 and Shining Sun Road