Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Explore The World Of ”Your Name.” With Street View! (Shinjuku Area)
Makoto Shinkai's sixth full-length animation film "Your Name." was a smash hit in Japan, and is now on screen in countries around the world. Let's use Google Street View to explore the spots in Shinjuku that appear in the movie!
Written by LIFE STYLE, Inc.
"Your Name." (Kimi no na wa. in Japanese) is Makoto Shinkai's sixth full-length animation movie. The film has attracted much attention since its release on August 26th 2016. In Japan, the box-office revenue of this film surpassed 1.2 billion yen in the first three days after the release.
Its popularity crossed the sea and the film is now showing on screens in Taiwan, Thailand, and many other countries around the world.
Makoto Shinkai's works are known for their detailed landscape depictions. The worldview illustrated by these films, also known as "Shinkai's world", became a smash hit with "Your Name."
Seichi junrei, or going on a "holy pilgrimage" around the settings of a famous story, has also become a craze at present. Today, we'll be touring the "holy grounds" of the masterpiece film "Your Name." found in Shinjuku through Google Street View.
1. Pedestrian Bridge in Front of Shinanomachi Station
One of the main characters, Taki Tachibana, lives in Yotsuya, so naturally there are many scenes throughout the film that take place in settings modeled around the Shinjuku area.
First up is the pedestrian bridge in front of Shinanomachi Station. It's about a 20-minute walk from Yotsuya to Shinanomachi. Try clicking and dragging the screen. You can look around your surroundings as if you're really there.
This is what you can see from the bridge. The tower to the left belongs to a temple - it doesn't appear in the movie, however.
Exiting the JR Shinanomachi Station and turning to the right, you will be able to find the bridge easily. It's a spot that appears several times in the film, so it should be fun to go and visit.
The tower seen in the distance is commonly known as the "Docomo Tower", with its official name being NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building. This is also a view that appears in the movie. In fact, this location was also used in Shinkai's previous film, "The Garden of Words" (Kotonoha no Niwa).