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A Japanese media pilgrimage to a Tasmanian bakery


Norris, CJ, A Japanese media pilgrimage to a Tasmanian bakery, Transformative Works and Cultures, 14 pp. 1-16. ISSN 1941-2258 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0470


In this article I explore how the Ross Bakery Inn and Ross Village Bakery in Australia's southernmost state of Tasmania has become the destination for a steady stream of Japanese tourists who are fans of the popular Japanese anime Kiki's Delivery Service. The analysis of these tourist-­fans' playful and critical activities contributes to research within fan studies which has explored the role of place and travel (see Hills 2002;; Couldry 2000, 2007;; Jenkins 2004) as well as broader research around the types of skills and literacies emerging within fan and youth media practices (Jenkins et al. 2006;; Knobel and Lankshear 2007;; Livingstone 2011;; Black 2009;; Lyman et al. 2009;; Gee 2007). Through investigating the ways in which fans articulate their experiences, identities, and motivations while visiting the Ross Bakery I will suggest that, in addition to understanding the media's role in contributing to our perception of place, we must also address the cultural and emotional contexts which underpin the appeal of these media pilgrimages. Through analyzing visitors' comments in the Ross Bakery's guest books I will reveal the cultural and emotional issues facing the Ross Bakery's status as a Kiki media pilgrimage destination. Through this case study I will explore both the opportunities for fresh perspectives of a location and the risks these places face if they fail to measure up to an idealized fictional image. It is within the disjunctures and continuities between the fans' virtual and real maps that this article will explore how fans use Kiki as a scaffold to interpret their travel experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Popular Culture, Pilgrimage, Tourism and Media, Japanese Anime, Manga and Anime Studies, fans, media scaffold, cult geography
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Norris, CJ (Dr Craig Norris)
ID Code:86447
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-09-17
Last Modified:2018-02-17

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