Encouragement of Climb Yama no Susume ヤマノススメ Next Summit

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

Yorimoi character birthday
A fan-organized birthday celebration for Sora yori mo Tōi Basho character Kobuchizawa Shirase, hosted by @MugichocoUmeeee, was held at Sugar Hill Cafe in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture on November 5. Shirase’s actual birthday is November 1.

Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6, tweet 7, tweet 8, tweet 9, tweet 10, tweet 11, tweet 12

Kamakura Love Live building
The former Kachōnomiya Residence (旧華頂宮邸) is an historic building in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture and was used as the model for Ōsaka Shizuku’s family home in Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai. It also appears in Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō. Typically the gardens are open to the public year round, while the building itself is only open on limited special days. The building was open for the first time in three years on November 5 and 6. It had not held one of these openings since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6, tweet 7

Manabe Nodoka tobidashi
Eki-chan Honey (えきちゃんハニー @821kg) retrieved the tobidashi of K-On! character Manabe Nodoka, who has “graduated.” The tobidashi maker said they have heard of tobidashi being removed and incinerated when found damaged beyond repair, but Nodo-chan, who disappeared from her station in front of the town hall in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture, turned up abandoned in Hikone. The wooden board is dented and chipped, but still mostly intact. Eki-chan Honey is deliberating whether to repaint, attach a new support as it is, or remake from scratch. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2

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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai (post) and @teo_imperial (post) made pilgrimages to Bukōsan in Yokoze and Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Next Summit Episode 5.

@arabunstaff received special permission for photography on grounds at Seibō Gakuen in October. Though he didn’t know which locations at the school would be used, he was able to capture many that appeared in Episode 5. He also collected a few cuts from the OP.

@io_oj was able to visit the mountaineering club room during a school cultural festival in the past.

@habusan attended the pre-screening of Episode 5 in October, collecting cuts in Hannō based on memory, and more after broadcast.

@shinagaki made a pilgrimage in 2017 to Bukōsan based on the Yama no Susume manga.

Mountain guide and Hannō resident Washio Daisuke (鷲尾太輔), writing for Yamap Magazine, published a review of Yama no Susume. The magazine is affiliated with mountain climbing app Yamap, which is currently engaged in cross-promotion with the series. Washio describes what he likes about the series as a whole, before diving into details about Episode 6. It is not exactly a butaitanbou report, but it reads much like one, with comparison images and detailed information about the locations. He also compares the anime adaptation of the episode with its corresponding chapters in the manga. It is worth a close read.

Episode 5

Except where noted otherwise, the Yama no Susume locations in Episode 5 are in Hannō (飯能市), Saitama Prefecture. Most Hannō locations, though not all, are in the first part.

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Donkichi-bashi (とんちき橋) in Hannō Central Park (飯能中央公園)

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Seibō Gakuen Junior & Senior High School (聖望学園中学校・高等学校)

Shiro shared photos of the school from the location hunt: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4

The character Arai-sensei, Aoi and Hinata’s teacher, is actually a real teacher at Seibō Gakuen, Arai Yasuyuki (@yassspark). Arai is also a big fan of the show, promoting it regularly, and is always happy to chat with people about it. It was also Arai who arranged for @arabunstaff to tour school grounds in October (see Fan Pilgrimage Update above).

Arai has often shared photos of the buildings and grounds, which as a matter of course are usually off limits to people not affiliated with the school. The morning after Episode 5 aired, he rounded up the new locations in a cut collection series: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6

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Mizukusa Inari Jinja (水種稲荷神社)

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Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線)

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Cainz Hannō Musashigaoka shop (カインズ 飯能武蔵丘店)

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Tenranzan (天覧山)

Shiro posted a few photos from a past autumn hike at Tenranzan: tweet 1

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Donkichi-bashi in Hannō Central Park

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Seibō Gakuen Junior & Senior High School

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Kanhasshū observation platform (関八州見晴台) appeared previously in Season 3 Episode 6.

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Seibō Gakuen Junior & Senior High School

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Though Honoka is said to live in Takasaki, the torii in this cut is in Maebashi (前橋市), Gunma Prefecture.

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Donkichi-bashi in Hannō Central Park

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Tenranzan

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Bukōsan (武甲山) in Chichibu and Yokoze, Saitama Prefecture

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Hitsujiyama Park (羊山公園) in Chichibu

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Kannonji (観音寺)

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Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

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Kannonji

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Although Bukōsan is roughly half in Chichibu and half in Yokoze, and the former is more strongly associated with the mountain, the approach to the trailhead and hike depicted in the episode are all in the latter.

Shiro posted many images from hiking Bukōsan in the past: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6, tweet 7, tweet 8, tweet 9

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Limestone is mined from Bukōsan and processed by factories at its base.

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The torii at the parking area is both the trail head and the entrance to Bukōsan Ontake Jinja (武甲山御嶽神社), the main structures of which are located on the mountain.

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Undetermined, though given the mountains in the series’ inventory, if I had to guess I would say Kirigamine.

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Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) seen from Kintokiyama (金時山) in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

Shiro photo: tweet 1

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Hannō Central Park

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I’m not completely certain, but I think this is Kinpusan (金峰山).

Shiro photo: tweet 1

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Shimokitazawa (Kitazawa, Daizawa), Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Bocchi the Rock! Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture; (post 2, post 3, post 4) Kabukichō and Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward; Dōgenzaka, Shibuya Ward; Ueno and Asakusa, Taitō Ward; Oshiage, Sumida Ward (preceding Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil.