The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

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

Yukiatsu Matsuri
For the first time in ten years, Yukiatsu Matsuri (ゆきあつまつり) was held on October 16. In this casual event, participants dress up as Yukiatsu (cross-dressing as Menma) from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (Anohana) and parade through Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. On this occasion, it was held in conjunction with a local samba carnival and night market at the Miyanokawa Shōtengai (みやのかわ商店街). Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4

Franchouchou Saga fundraising
Attendees at two Franchouchou live concerts held October 16 and 17 donated approximately 1.8 million JPY toward a heavy rain disaster relief fund for Saga Prefecture. Media coverage: Crunchyroll News

Yuwaku Bonbori online event
On October 23, in addition to the 18:30 JST live performance and talk event that replaces the cancelled Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri, announced previously, there will be a live streamed event at 17:00 JST, Oshiete! Bonbori Matsuri (教えて!ぼんぼり祭り), which includes a prayer for successful holding of the event next year, hosted by Yamamura Takayoshi (山村高淑), chairman of the Manoyama Research Society (間野山研究学会) and professor at the Hokkaido University Center For Advanced Tourism Studies, Sakoda Muneyuki (佐古田宗幸), 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, and Yamashita Shin’ichirō (山下新一郎), chairman of the Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri executive committee. They will then introduce materials from 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~), published 2021 August, which the three were involved in writing and editing. The direct link to the YouTube live stream for all the events is here.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Aquatope collaboration
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (横浜・八景島シーパラダイス) and Shiroi Suna no Aquatope announced a marketing collaboration which will run from November 5 to December 19. The campaign will include commemorative tickets, character panels, an opportunity to participate in a performance and have your photo taken with penguins (this sounds awesome!), exhibit of Aquatope production materials, stamp rally, and collaboration food. There will also be a one-day special event featuring the cast on December 5. Though not used in the setting explicitly, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is one of the aquariums credited for production assistance on the series.

The Aquatope on White Sand

(白い砂のアクアトープ Shiroi Suna no Akuatōpu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kadena, Yomitan and Motobu, Okinawa Prefecture for Episode 13, Episode 14 and OP 2.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Nanjō for Episode 6; Nanjō and Naha for Episode 8 to Episode 10; Naha Airport for Episode 12; Kadena and Yomitan (all Okinawa Prefecture) Episode 13 and Episode 14.

Episode 15

The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

The arches and seating area are not direct recreations, but borrow motifs from similar structures in Kaiyōhaku Park (海洋博公園), the large seaside park that includes Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu (本部町), Okinawa Prefecture. [Credit: @fragments_sue, Twitter]

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The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

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Hanashiro Beach (玻名城ビーチ) in Yaese (八重瀬町), Okinawa Prefecture

The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

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The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

The fictional Aquarium Tingaara is depicted at the west side of Kadena Air Base (嘉手納基地) in Kadena (嘉手納町), Okinawa Prefecture.

The Aquatope on White Sand 白い砂のアクアトープ

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Utazu and Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Dai Mankai no Shō Episode 3.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Shikizakura OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward; Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 12.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@112233aabbccdde made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward; Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward; Abenosuji, Abeno Ward; Higashisumiyoshi Ward (preceding Osaka City); Ōsakasayama, Tondabayashi, Kanan, Osaka Prefecture; Ōji, Nara Prefecture; Kudoyama and Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture; (post 2) Motomachi, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture; Noborito, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; (following Tokyo Metropolis) Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward; Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward; Yoyogi and Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward; Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward; Ariake, Kōtō Ward; Haneda Airport for Bokutachi no Remake.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Kōbe and Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture for Kageki Shōjo!!

@Bf109K1 is making a cycling pilgrimage of the cross country journey in Super Cub Episode 12, traveling the route from Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture to Cape Sata in Kagoshima Prefecture, one section at a time. Since the previous update, he has added companion pieces (companion 7, companion 8) covering Kokura, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture to Tarumizu, Kagoshima Prefecture. Additionally, he returned to Hokuto (post 1, post 2) for a few more cuts from Episode 10, Episode 12 and key visuals.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Ogikubo, Suginami Ward and Kodaira (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight.

@And3rgraund made a pilgrimage to Florence, Italy for Arte.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Ureshino, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.