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
Minobu Yuru Camp event
Gojōgaoka Activation Promotion Council (五条ヶ丘活性化推進協議会) will host an overnight camping meetup for Yuru Camp fans at former Shimobe elementary and junior high schools in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture on July 2 and 3. Interested individuals can register online until June 29. This will be a Camping Sports Experience × Schoolyard Camp (キャンプスポーツ体験×校庭キャンプ), at which participants are can participate in light outdoor games for children and adults.
Yorimoi character birthday
A fan-organized birthday celebration for Sora yori mo Tōi Basho character Miyake Hinata, hosted by @MugichocoUmeeee, will be held at Cafe & Dining Kuramae (カフェ&ダイニング 蔵前) in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture on July 23. Interested individuals can register online until July 13.
Kamiichi Ōkami Kodomo event
Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture will host a series of events from July 23 to September 4 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki. The events will be held at the Kamiichi-machi Cultural Training Center (上市町文化研修センター), Nishida Museum (西田美術館), and Hana no Ie (花の家). On Sundays and public holidays, special bus routes will run to facilitate travel between the venues. Special round trip tickets from Kamiichi Station and one day passes for buses operating within the town will be offered throughout the period. Media coverage: Kita Nippon Shimbun (alternate)
Official Haruhi goods
As part of this year’s Tanabata celebrations at Cafe Dream (珈琲屋ドリーム) in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, the cafe will offer official Suzumiya Haruhi collaboration placemats as gifts with purchase of a drink and waffle set from July 1 to 31. The placemats will be printed locally by Hyōda Printing Industrial Arts (兵田印刷工芸), which has been involved in past tie-ups.
Yuru Camp promotion
Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, JR Central (JR東海) and Yuru Camp will launch a marketing promotion that runs from July 4 to August 31. The campaign is centered around two courses that participants can follow through a mystery solving game built on the LINE app, the “Rin Route” beginning in Kōfu, or the “Nadeshiko Route” beginning in Shizuoka. It will also include wrappings and in-car decorations on two trains of the JR Minobu Line, a special 1-day rail pass to facilitate travel for the courses, and a departure ceremony at Minobu Station on July 4 to mark the first operation of the train, which leaves at 11:52. News release: Yamanashi Prefecture, JR Central, Slow Curve. Media coverage: Travel Watch, Netorabo, Anime Recorder, Animage Plus, Mantanweb, Dengeki Online
Ube Evangelion tour
JALPAK, a tour agency affiliated with Japan Airlines, one of the corporate members of the Anime Tourism Association, is offering a Shin Evangelion Gekijōban tour package—JALPAK x Anno Hideaki Exhibition x Machijū Evangelion (JALPAK X 庵野秀明展 X まちじゅうEVANGELION)—to Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture from 2022 July 8 to September 4. The package will include airfare, lodging, original goods, and admission ticket to the exhibition at Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum. The tour product is designed to coincide with the exhibition and other activities organized under Machijū Evangelion, including collaboration menus at participating restaurants, digital stamp rally built on the COCOAR platform, and an Evangelion jacking of the Yamaguchi Ube Airport. News release: JALPAK. Media coverage: ITmedia Business, BCN
Kyoto Deaimon tour
Tour agency Willer, through cooperation with Kadokawa and Cool Japan Travel, all three of which are corporate members of the Anime Tourism Association, is offering a Deaimon tour package—Deaimon to Meguru Kyoto Wagashi Tour (「であいもん」と巡る京都和菓子ツアー)—to Kyoto with sessions on August 6 to 7, and 27-28. The package will include lodging, guided tour of multiple wagashi shops and the Kyoto Confectionery Museum, original goods, and autograph session with mangaka Asano Rin. The documentation does not indicate the tour will visit any of the actual locations used in the anime.