Anime Pilgrimage #13: Jujutsu Kaisen

It’s been a while since my last pilgrimage (last time was 2019, I think). Now that I finally get into my zone, I started taking a walk for Jujutsu Kaisen in which most of the locations were in Tokyo areas. Locations were pinpointed thanks to @kimamanidance and @flyingbird1124.

Google map locations are linked on the places below.

Harajuku

Cuts came from Episode 2 where Fushiguro and Itadori picked up the third member, Nobara. Locations were taken from the Harajuku’s famous meeting spot, Harajuku Station, and shopping street, Takeshita Street.

Harajuku Station

It was so sad the historic Harajuku Station was completely demolished by the time I get there but fortunately, I happened to took a photo of the station way back in 2018.

Itadori, Fushiguro and Gojo-sensei met in front of the new Harajuku Station.

Takeshita Street

Along the Takeshita Street, there is a secluded, untypical coin locker, as it was located at the top of the building, that was used in the anime. From the entrance of the shopping street (in front of Harajuku Station), go to an alley on the right that sells souvenirs and shirts and take an elevator to 3rd floor in order to get there.

Yoyogi Station

From Episode 3’s Jujutsu Stroll, Itadori and Nobara played rock-paper-scissors in front of Yoyogi Station West Entrance to decide what to eat for their dinner.

Shinjuku

A scene from Episode 5 where Suguru and the cursed spirits crossed the street.

Cafe Restaurant Gusto, the restaurant they stayed, was depicted as “Cafe Restaurant Rice” in the anime.

Kichioji

Itadori and Nanami went to investigate a retro cinema. The building of the said retro cinema was modeled from Kichioji Plaza in Kichioji.

At the top of Kichioji Plaza is the batting cage center, which is depicted accurately from the anime.

Just a few walks from the cinema, where the incident happened in anime, lies the Kichioji Sunroad, a shopping street in Kichioji.

Anime Pilgrimage #12: Detective Conan Zero The Enforcer

Reposted article. Pilgrimage done last June 1, 2019.

I made a detour from my Tada-kun Never Falls in Love pilgrimage to some of the locations featured in Detective Conan’s 22nd movie, Zero: The Enforcer.

Nihonbashi Bridge

Hibiya Park (Shinkei Pond)

Not totally the exact look of Shinkei Pond from the movie scenes but the bridge and the shed were inspired.

Anime Pilgrimage #11: Tada-kun Never Falls in Love (Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo Skytree)

Reposted article. Pilgrimage done last September 14, 2019

I’m back with the second part of my pilgrimage trip for Tada-kun Never Falls in Love. Once again, credits to @fly_ask for pinpointing the location.
More location of Tada-kun Never Falls in Love: Hibiya, Ginza

Chidorigafuchi Park

Chidorigafuchi park is a famous cherry blossom spot in Tokyo. Every day in cherry blossom season, thousands of people packed to have hanami (cherry blossom viewing) experience there until night time. 
Anyways, I made a trip here during the start of autumn season. It’s kinda difficult to see its connection to the anime because of the falling leaves (and no sakura flower also). Maybe I’ll be going back to this spot during cherry blossom season next year. 

Tokyo Skytree

After Chidorigafuchi Park, I was lucky there was a metro line in a nearest station going to Tokyo Skytree (Hanzomon Line). This isn’t actually my first time going to Skytree but I haven’t gone to the top of the tower. Thanks to this, I finally got to experience what is like to be on the highest point in the world.

Anime Pilgrimage #11: Tada-kun Never Falls in Love (Sakuradamon, Ginza)

Reposted article. Pilgrimage done last May 2019.

Tada-kun Never Falls in Love is one of the series I’ve loved and followed during its airing last Spring season. It isn’t because of the romance genre tagged on the series but the love of the photography Tada and the other members of the club had. It is quite rare to have a photographer as one of the main character therefore this anime has a special place in my heart.
I have been planning to visit this place during its airing but due to the Tokyo heat wave, it took me months till I push this trip. Not until yesterday, I decided to plan out this trip (credits to @fly_ask for pinpointing the location) and started my half-day pilgrimage of Tada-kun Never Falls in Love starting from Sakuradamon and Ginza (this article) to Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo Skytree.

Sakuradamon Gate

So I went out from Exit 3 of Sakuradamon Station via Yurakucho line and saw this beautiful structure that is completely similar to the anime.

Hibiya Park

I went to Hibiya Park before this trip to check out the bridge used in its promotional poster. Most of the scenes from the anime is located at Shinkei Pond inside the park.

Ginza

Ginza was the main location of this series and it is easier to pinpoint the location as this can be passed from Hibiya Park to Chou Street in Ginza.

​酒蔵秩父錦 (aka Tada’s Coffee Shop)

Sakagurachichibunishiki (酒蔵秩父錦) was the model of the coffee shop in the anime. Though it wasn’t the coffee shop in real life (probably it’s a brewery), we could still see its similarities from the anime.

A Year with JO1: JAM Diary

This may be overdue but I’ll share to you my first and best experience I had with JO1 as a JAM last year. It was quite surreal that I was able to follow a group so deeply unlike to my previous groups. I was a Kpop fan for 8 years and one group I ult-ed before JO1 was Wanna One. However for Wanna One, I didn’t do to the extent on following their activities and collecting all their stuff as what I’m currently doing for JO1.

One possible reason why I fall deeply on JO1’s swamp is probably because I got connected with them too fast and too early. Since I understand a bit of Japanese and currently working in Tokyo, the access in getting all the contents and goods were too convenient. The probability on meeting them is too high and it somewhat motivates me to work hard and go to concerts or live events to see them. However due to the current situation, it’s regretful that I only got to see them online.

Anyways, I’m going to write in blog was my 推し活 (oshikatsu, stanning activity) I did last year. This isn’t as detailed since it happened way back that my memory could retrieved most of them. I only get to relive them after looking at my past tweets and IG archives.

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Anime Pilgrimage #10: IDOLiSH7

Last year in July, I made a two-part pilgrimage of the idol anime, IDOLiSH7. The first part focuses on the locations coming from the main series, and Tokyo Skytree Town from the spin-off anime, IDOLiSH7: Vibrato.

Part 1. Shibuya-Shinjuki

Yoyogi

JR Yoyogi Station

The main location of the series. This is also where the Takahashi Productions office located. Although I haven’t seen yet the building identical to the office around this area.

Yoyogi Park

IDOLiSH7 did their profile shoot at Yoyogi Park for their website. Each of the member’s location started in front of NHK Broadcasting Center to Rose Garden.

Also at this park’s entrance from Meiji Jingu Shrine, they held their first live (with two teenager fans being introduced in the series).

Seibu Shinjuku Station

At the main entrance of Seibu Shinjuku Station facing Yunika Vision, they held their second live. The weather was similar to the series so it was a perfect day to shoot.

Part 2: Tokyo Skytree Town

Scenes located at the Tokyo Skytree Town came from episode 3-4, The Entangled Man (巻き込まれた男), where Nagi, Nikaido and Tamaki was visiting Tokyo Skytree before attending TRIGGER’s concert.​

First Snaps in Tokyo (Recap from 2020)

Kon’nichiwa from Tokyo!

After months on adapting Japan’s culture and lifestyle, I could finally share to you some my snaps I had from these past few months.

It’s already been two years since I wrote this introduction. Within the period, I made friends, discovered new hobbies, and still continues to learn Japan’s culture and lifestyle. Since I moved my blog from weebly subdomain to my own domain, why not make a recap from my first snaps in Tokyo.

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Location Analysis: The Millionaire Detective

Detailed analysis of locations for Millionaire Detective (富豪刑事) – Balance: Unlimited. The locations were being pinpointed through anime scene details, Google Maps and transits. This article is made for comparative research purposes and guide for reader’s future pilgrimage (聖地巡礼).

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Spring Diary 2020: Sakura and Snow

Late night of March 28, I checked my weather app and surprised to see snow forecast tomorrow morning. Surprised since I will be forecasted to fall in the middle of sakura season in Tokyo.

I woke up around 8AM on March 29 cause I feel like freezing inside my room. I turned my heater on and opened my window to see the situation outside. Once again, I was surprised on a heavy snow coating my neighbors rooftop.

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PRODUCE 101 JAPAN: International Fan Diary

September 3. I woke up and done my usual morning routine when I stumble upon a video passing in my Twitter timeline. And I never would have thought that PV of ツカメ〜It’s Coming〜 could change my fangirling experience.

I am a Kpop fan who watches Produce 101. Every time they releases the theme song, I easily get excited and checks who might be my pick for this season however to my surprise, they didn’t caught me and I sometimes dropped in the middle of the show and wait for the debut group lineup. Meanwhile, PRODUCE 101 JAPAN got me and become emotionally attached to the trainees and to my 1pick.

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