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
Yama no Susume character birthday
A Yama no Susume fan-organized birthday celebration for Aoba Kokona was held at soba shop Seitarō (せいたろう) in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture on August 6. Kokona-chan’s actual birthday is August 11. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4
— Fragments (フラグメンツ) (@fragments9029) August 7, 2022
Kan’onji Yuyuyu event
Fans of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru traveled to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture on August 6 for the kickoff of a stamp rally, sales event featuring tie-up goods produced by local retailers at High Staff Hall (ハイスタッフホール), and an unveiling ceremony for the installation of Yuyuyu tourist information audio content at Kotohiki Park (琴弾公園). Media coverage: Nishinippon Broadcasting
Although the 50th Komoro Citizens Festival “Dokansho” (第50回こもろ市民まつり「ドカンショ」) in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture was cancelled due to an emerging Covid-19 wave, the Natsumachi Omotenachi Salon (なつまちおもてなしサロン) still held its planned event at Honmachi Machiyakan (ほんまち町屋館) on August 6 and 7 for Ano Natsu de Matteru fans who visited the city.
— 小諸市なつまちおもてなしプロジェクト (@komoro_NOP) August 6, 2022
The 40th Shōdoshima Matsuri (第40回小豆島まつり), the first convening of the festival in three years, was held in Tonoshō-chō, Kagawa Prefecture on August 7. It included a stage event with Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san director Akagi Hiroaki (赤城博昭), Takagi-san voice actor Takahashi Rie (高橋李依), and series theme performer Ōhara Yuiko (大原ゆい子). The three held a talk show, and Takahashi and Ōhara gave a music performance. Media coverage: Shikoku Shimbun (print)
Wakayama Summer Time local promotion
The 2022 August issue of Wakayama free magazine Lism (リズム) includes a special feature on Summer Time Render locations. Though it is distributed only at physical newsstands in the prefecture, anyone can request a copy by contacting Wakayama Living Shimbunsha (和歌山リビング新聞社) directly, sending a request and 210 JPY stamp to the Lism editorial department.
Keihan Eupho promotion
Prior to the August 1 launch of the Keihan Electric Railway (京阪電気鉄道) and Hibike! Euphonium marketing promotion, a photo session with the wrapping train at the Nishigōri Garage in Ōtsu, which required advance registration, was held July 30 and 31. Participants got a sneak peek at the 600 series train set of the Ishiyama Sakamoto Line that will feature full train wrapping and headmarks from 2022 August 1 to 2024 February 15. From August 1, fans began capturing the train during its services. August 1 was also the launch date for the headmarks, in-car decorations, character panels, and Butaimeguri stamp rally on the Keihan Uji Line, though materials began appearing a few days before the official start.
— しん (@626shin) August 7, 2022
Japan Post Summer Time promotion
Japan Post will offer stamps featuring Summer Time Render characters and Wakayama Prefecture locations. They will be available at post offices in Wakayama City beginning August 12, through online sales beginning August 13, and from all other post offices in Wakayama Prefecture, as well as the Ōtsu, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kōbe central post offices beginning August 15. They will also be available at Comic Market 100 on August 13 and 14 at Tokyo Big Sight.
Current Season Pilgrimage
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) aboard the Tokyo Mizube Line water bus; and to Ōjima Komatsugawa Park (Ōjima, Kōtō Ward; Komatsugawa, Edogawa Ward), Tokyo Metropolis for Lycoris Recoil Episode 5 and Episode 6.
@habusan made a pilgrimage to Jingūmae, Dōgenzaka, Shibuya and Yoyogi Park (Jinnan, Yoyogi-Kamizonochō), Shibuya Ward; Shiba and Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 ED, Episode 1 through Episode 4.