Apologies for the long delay. It’s finally here! Staff credits, torrent link, and some extra tidbits after the jump.
Joint with Nishishi, as with all SatoJun projects.
Translator, QC: lyger
Typesetters: KoolKidsK, lyger, fara_ujde (TV series)
Kfx: Calyrica, lyger
Resident camera expert and editor the1 has some comments:
For those of you that didn’t know, the film that Sawatari Fuu uses is Fuji Superia Premium 400. It was shown in episode [neither of us can be bothered to find the episode] of Tamayura: More Aggressive where she loads a new roll of film into her camera, a Rollei 35S. During a recent trip to Japan, I took the opportunity to pick up a 3-pack of the elusive film from Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku for a total of 1420 yen, which you can see in the image above. Although I rarely shoot colour negatives these days, I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this wonderful film when I get the chance to hammer out some chromogenic prints in the darkroom.
And some words from your translator, lyger:
So this spring I got the opportunity to take a short trip down to Hiroshima and explore Takehara a bit. It’s an absolutely lovely town and it was a wonderful experience. Even if you’re not a fan of the show, it’s a beautiful place to wander through, and far less crowded than tourist hotspots like Kyoto.
You may or may not have picked up on it, but Tamayura mainly focuses on a specific part of town. Not all of Takehara is traditional low-rise wood buildings. On one side of the river is a standard, if small, modern Japanese city. On the other side of the river, however, is the “Machinami Hozon Chiku” which I’d translate as “Historic Preservation Zone”. Though it seems the people who put up the sign had a different idea…
The town I currently live in, in Fukui, also has one. People still live there and use the buildings, and make no mistake, there’s electrical wires running along the streets and modern plumbing inside. These districts aren’t untouched history by any means–but they’re alive.
As for locations from the show, well…
I could go on and on. I have literally over a thousand pictures from this trip. We also dropped by Mitarai, which is featured in several episodes, though we didn’t have time to drop by Okunoshima, nor Onomichi, which is featured in this OVA.
There’s more to see than just what was in the show, of course. Several of the old residences have been turned into mini-museums that you can explore for a small fee. The furniture is still intact and the possessions of the old owners are on display in glass cases. Something I learned while there that surprisingly is never directly mentioned in the show: Takehara is a salt city. The town originally prospered because of salt production, and traditionally-farmed salt remains the signature product of Takehara. This is why salt pans are mentioned in the season 1 ending song.
That, and bamboo products. The “take” in Takehara means bamboo, after all. As such, Princess Kaguya is also a popular motif around town, since her legend says she was found as a baby inside a glowing bamboo. Indeed, bamboo crafts are also mentioned in the season 1 ending, along with other characteristic features of Takehara.
I know there’s a better shot of the bamboo pinwheels somewhere in season 2, but I can’t be bothered to find it, so here’s a release pic from season 1:
In any case, those are a good example of the sort of bamboo crafts you’ll find for sale around Takehara. The real ones are quite a bit more colorful, and I of course bought one for myself.
Finally, a couple notes about the OVA.
First off, yeah, I actually bought the Blu-ray. This is what happens when you put an otaku in Japan and give him a steady salary.
What? A translator’s note? lyger wat r u doin.
I left the line this way because they’re not speaking Japanese; they’re speaking Okinawan. In much the same way an American would know what “Aloha” means, the average Japanese citizen probably knows this word as well. Nevertheless, it’s not Japanese, and if it’s different to Japanese viewers, it ought to be different for English-speaking viewers as well.
Fumeikaku would be this lovely little temple that I linked earlier. It’s a popular hangout for the girls in the show. The raised stage is inspired by the famed veranda of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto.
Anyway, that’s all from me. Hope you enjoyed the episode!