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
Ryūsei Matsuri (龍勢祭) in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture was held October 9. The festival is notable for its handmade fireworks, which were featured in Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Due to Covid-19, this was the first time in three years that any launches were included in the festival. Though the “Anohana Ryūsei” (あの花龍勢) was not among the reduced set of rockets, 17 instead of the usual 30, it was still encouraging to see one more sign of life gradually returning to communities like Chichibu. Yoshida Ryūsei Preservation Society (吉田龍勢保存会 @ryuseisupporter) published a report of the day’s events on its blog. With exception of the Aikaunryū launch and the guitar performance, all of the photos in the report were taken by Shin (しん @626shin).
Sakuragaike Quest tree cleanup
Sakuragaike Quest (桜ヶ池クエスト) is recruiting volunteers to help with its next event, which entails logging of sick trees around Sakuragaike in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. The work will take place October 29 from 9:30 to 15:30. Participants can apply until October 26 and are directed to indicated interest through the site contact page. This event is limited to 10 participants and offered first come, first served. Sakuragaike Quest was formed as a response to P.A.Works series Sakura Quest, with the primary goal of fundraising for tree planting in the area to create the dense clusters of cherry blossoms depicted in the fictional work, which modeled its setting on multiple areas in Nanto. P.A.Works president Horikawa Kenji serves on the Sakuragaike Quest board as chairman of the executive committee.
As the final limitations on individual travelers entering Japan are lifted, owners and managers of lodging, food service and other tourism-dependent businesses anticipate a return of visitors. The manager of Bagpipe (バグパイプ) in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture is looking forward to the return of domestic and foreign fans of Hyōka visiting the cafe for seichijunrei. Media coverage: Yomiuri Shimbun
Oyama no Kisoba
There was additional reporting on Oyama no Kisoba Ashikaga-ekimae shop (おやまのきそば足利市駅前店) in Ashikaga, and Ekimae Yokochō Utsunomiya Kisoba (駅前横丁 宇都宮きそば) in Utsunomiya, two new soba shops in Tochigi Prefecture inheriting elements of Oyama Station Kisoba (小山駅きそば), a well-known stand-up soba shop and Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second) seichi, covered previously here, here and here. Media coverage: Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Zakzak
Minobu Fujikawa Yuru Camp promotion
Minobu and Fujikawa, Yamanashi Prefecture launched a Yuru Camp marketing promotion that will run from 2022 September 1 to 2023 January 31. The campaign will include trading cards with Yuru Camp designs given as gifts with purchases of goods or services totaling 500 JPY or more at participating stores. 55 stores in Minobu and 47 in Fujikawa will participate in the promotion, and each store has a different design. This is similar to the promotion in Hayakawa, also underway. Apparently, some stores in Minobu and Fujikawa have already run out of cards. A reprinting was announced October 14 and is expected to be available in mid-November.
Ikaho Boueibu promotion
Ikaho Onsen (伊香保温泉) in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture launched a Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love! marketing promotion that will run from 2022 October 13 to 2023 September end. The campaign includes ropeway gondola wrappings, sightseeing information announcements by the voice cast in character, banners on the stone stairway, a display at Ishidan no Yu hot spring, ryokan accomodation plans that include a clear file as a gift, and tie-in goods sold at the Shibukawa Area Famous Products Center in front of Shibukawa Station. Media coverage: Jōmō Shimbun, NHK
Future Season Pilgrimage
Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2, post 3) to Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi-Kamizonochō) and Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 11 and Episode 12.