Pilgrimage theory by an up-and-coming sociology of religion scholar. Excellent work based on religious studies that illuminates the diversity of faith and prayer, the meaning people try to find in sacred sites, and sanctity in contemporary society through systematic arguments that encompass sacred sites for religion as well as anime.
We’ve become familiar with the term “anime pilgrimage,” which happens when watching an animation motivates a person to visit to a specific place that is the setting, inspiration or otherwise somehow connected to the anime work. In addition, the “anime pilgrimage” movement is beginning to attract attention among overseas fans as well as scholars. I’ve compiled a list of useful introductory works primarily in the field of tourism research that offer a structural understanding of anime pilgrimages.
- Keiji Ueshima, Seichi no souzouryoku – naze hito ha seichi wo mezasunoka (The Imaginary Power of Sacred Sites – Why Do People Go to Sacred Sites), Shueisha Shinsho, 2000
- Kaichiro Morikawa, Shuto no tanjou: Moeru toshi Akihabara (Learning from Akihabara: The Birth of the Personapolis), Gentosha, 2003
- Shundo Kakizaki, Anime seichi junrei (Anime Pilgrimages), Kill Time Communication, 2005
- Toshiyuki Masabuchi, Monogatari wo tabi suru hitobito – Kontentsu tsuurizumu to ha nani ka (People Who Travel Through Stories – What Is Contents Tourism?), Sairyusha, 2010
- Takayoshi Yamamura, Anime/manga de chiiki shinkou – machi no fan wo umu kontentsu tsuurizumu kaihatsuhou (Local Promotion through Anime/Manga – Methods for Developing Contents Tourism to Create Local Fans), Tokyo Horei Shuppan, 2011
- Saya Shiraishi, Guroobaru ka shita nihon no manga to anime (Globalized Japanese Manga and Anime), Gakujutsu Shuppankai, 2013
- Takeshi Okamoto, n ji sousaku kankou anime seichi junrei/kontentsu tuurizumu/kankoushakaigaku no kanousei (n-th Degree Creative Tourism: The Potential of Anime Pilgrimages/Contents Tourism/Sociology of Tourism), NPO Hokkaido Alternative Art and Publishing, 2013
- Ryosuke Okamoto, Seichi junrei sekai isan kara anime no butai made (Pilgrimages: From World Heritage Sites to Anime Settings), Chuko Shinsho, 2015
- Sue Beeton, Film-Induced Tourism 2nd edition, Channel View Publications, 2016
- Philip Seaton et.al, Contents Tourism in Japan: Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture (Cambria Press, 2017)