Posts tagged "ethnography"
Pilgrimage to Kameishiro for Clannad After Story

Pilgrimage to Kameishiro for Clannad After Story

The majority of the settings in Kyoto Animation series Clannad (クラナド), including second season Clannad After Story, are based on locations in Tokyo. In After Story Episode 18, Tomoyo takes Ushio on a trip to Aomori Prefecture, but the ryokan where they stay is modeled on Kameishirō (亀石楼) in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. With the evening...
2019 Butaitanbou Summit in Uji

2019 Butaitanbou Summit in Uji

On 2019 September 21, anime pilgrims from far and wide convened at Kyoto Bunkyō University in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for the Twelfth Butaitanbou Summit (第12回舞台探訪サミットin宇治). This is the annual all-hands meeting for the Butaitanbou-sha Community (舞台探訪者コミュニティ), or BTC, the highly engaged core of manga and anime-induced tourism in Japan. Prior to this, my fifth consecutive...
Pilgrimage to Shanghai for Shikioriori

Pilgrimage to Shanghai for Shikioriori

Shikioriori (詩季織々)—Flavors of Youth in English-speaking markets and Si shi qing chun (肆式青春) in Chinese—is an anthology of three short films co-produced by CoMix Wave Films (CWF) in Tokyo, Japan and Haoliners Animation League in Shanghai, China. Each short film has a different director and features a different location in China. Haoliners founder and CEO...
2018 Butaitanbou Summit in Kanonji

2018 Butaitanbou Summit in Kanonji

It had long been a desire of prolific butaitanbou-sha and Kagawa native Lidges (リジス @lidges) to have more anime pilgrims and scene hunters venture down to Shikoku in their travels. His wish came true this fall, as we descended on Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for the Eleventh Butaitanbou Summit (第11回舞台探訪サミットin観音寺), held on 2018 September 22. This...
Pilgrimage to Numazu for Love Live! Sunshine!!

Pilgrimage to Numazu for Love Live! Sunshine!!

Mixed media franchise Love Live! is a dominant presence in the contemporary Japanese pop culture landscape, spanning manga, novels, anime, games and live music. Its popularity and ability to draw from different fandom circles amplifies its impact in many areas, and media-induced tourism is no exception. The anime series created as part of the initial...
Pilgrimage to Hanno for Yama no Susume

Pilgrimage to Hanno for Yama no Susume

Yama no Susume (ヤマノススメ)—Encouragement of Climb in English speaking markets—does some amazing things for a short-form anime. The adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Shiro sends its cast out in search of ever more challenging mountain climbs, both entertaining and educating its audience on the spiritual and technical matters of the sport....
Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Most of the setting of Kyoto Animation series Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! (中二病でも恋がしたい!)—Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions in English speaking markets—is set in the city of Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture. However the second season, subtitled Ren (戀)—Heart Throb, includes two episodes of a school trip to Kyūshū. This article explores locations featured in Kagoshima, the...
Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Kyokai no Kanata

In Kyoto Animation series Kyōkai no Kanata (境界の彼方)—Beyond the Boundary in English-speaking markets—most of the setting is drawn from Nara and Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. When Mirai is summoned from her hometown she departs from Ōboke Station in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture. The second use of a Shikoku setting didn’t emerge until the OVA Episode 0 released...
Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

My last anime tourism stop on a loop around Shikoku was Shimonada Station (下灘駅) in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture. This post is a quick look at a scene from the opening credits of Nekomonogatari (Kuro)—猫物語 (黒). The Monogatari series, of which it is a part, makes extensive use of real places. There are frequently recurring locations...
Pilgrimage to Oboke Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Pilgrimage to Oboke Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Most of the setting of Kyoto Animation series Kyōkai no Kanata (境界の彼方)—Beyond the Boundary in English-speaking markets—is modeled on locations in Nara and Kashihara, neighboring cities in Nara Prefecture not far from Kyoto and Osaka. However the work also includes two surprise and somewhat out of the way locations, both in Shikoku. In this post...
Pilgrimage to Takamatsu and Shodoshima for Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

Pilgrimage to Takamatsu and Shodoshima for Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

In 2017 October I had five free days between consecutive weekend events in Kyoto, and decided it was a good time to make my first visit to Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands and the only one I hadn’t yet traveled to. The first stop on my loop was Kagawa Prefecture, where I...
2017 Butaitanbou Summit in Numazu

2017 Butaitanbou Summit in Numazu

Light rain and falling temperatures greet everyone as we arrive at Yasudaya Ryokan (安田屋旅館) in Uchiura, a seaside village in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the 10th Butaitanbou Summit (第10回舞台探訪サミットin沼津), held on 2017 September 16. This is the annual all hands meeting for the Butaitanbou Community ( 舞台探訪者コミュニティ), or BTC, the highly engaged core of manga...