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.

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 #3: Bungou Stray Dogs

The first time I did a pilgrimage for Bungou Stray Dogs, it was only a casual pilgrimage with a friend with only a faint memory from the first season. My friend had already followed to the latest updates of the series therefore I can’t keep up the excitement similar as hers when walking around the Yokohama. But due to that walk, I gave myself a chance to watch the anime and became my most favorite series of all time.

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Location Analysis: Bungou Stray Dogs

There will be instances where the anime setting isn’t exactly looked like on the actual location due to lack of aesthetic or has a need to fit in on a certain scene. As for Bungou Stray Dogs, some of its settings were based from multiple sites around Yokohama or even outside the main stage. After a thorough research and multiple visits, I was able to breakdown the possible model on each of the notable locations from the series. 
*All of the screenshots were taken from Google Maps.

For more in-depth anime to real life comparison: across Minatomirai Line and JR Negishi Line.

Armed Detective Agency

Armed Detective Agency, where our main characters work, doesn’t have an actual comparison in the real world however, Museum of Yokohama Urban History is so far the closest model of the agency in Yokohama given to its outer appearance and the similarities of the building around it. 

As for the interior of the building, it was based from a 1930s art-deco style building in Ginza named Y’s Art Gallery. 

Armed Detective Agency might be located near Motomachi Shopping Street if ever this agency was placed in real world. As you can see in the scenes below, the building is close to an expressway.

Metropolitan Expressway Kanagawa Rte No.3 Kariba Line is the only expressway that passes Naka Ward and also goes along the Motomachi Shopping Street, Yokohama Chinatown and Yamashita Park, three of the most featured places in the series.

From Season 1 Episode 4, we got to see the other view of the agency’s outer appearance. A similar pillar has also found at Yato Bridge right in front of Motomachi Street. 

Cemetery

From Season 1 Episode 7 and Dead Apple movie, an overlooking view of Yokohama Bay Bridge can be seen from the cemetery.

However in the real world, the view didn’t come from the cemetery but a view from Osanbashi Pier given the bridge’s tower angle is almost identical at this street view below. 

On the opposite view of the cemetery is a church on the background. Yokohama is known to have Western-style churches so I found two models that fit to the architecture on this church.

One of them is Sacred Heart Cathedral, a catholic church in Yamate Area, where they might based the main structure of the church.

And the other is Yokohama Kaigan Church, the first protestant church in Japan, where they based the shape of the tower. 

Unfortunately there wasn’t an exact replication on the cemetery but there was a foreign cemetery around the area. The Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery is a historical site in Yokohama where the memorial graves of foreign soldiers from World War were placed.

Garden

From Season 3 Episode 1, in prequel arc “Fifteen Year Old”, where we get a flashback scene of Chuuya and Dazai. The park above is identical to Motomachi Park but doesn’t have the overlooking view.

So as the house in the background.

The location of the exploded mansion is based from Yamate Italian Garden. It is an English-style garden with an overlooking view of Yokohama and a diplomat’s house dated back in 1910. The two places might be very close in the series but in the real world, it took 30 minutes to walk from Motomachi Park to Yamate Italian Garden.