Boeing 747 Model – Owning a part of an actual B747

The Boeing 747 (B747) “Jumbo Jet” is my favourite passenger plane. I love its shape – it’s not too “perfect” like Concorde – and I love what it symbolised to me in terms of leaving Europe for the first time and many more times after that. Of course, there is a darker side to the…

Nippon Cargo Airlines – the only way to see a Japanese 747 still

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane and more recently I have done posts about China Airlines, ANA, and KLM retiring their 747s. This time, I’m turning my attention from passenger planes to freight planes – and a Japanese airline which still (as of 2021) has 747s…

Yumenoshima – Island of Dreams?

In a recent class at Cardiff University, I mentioned Yumenoshima (夢の島) in Tokyo. I visited the area in July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino University. There were a combinations of reasons why I visited the island. First, having come…

コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機

「コンテンツツーリズム メディアを横断するコンテンツと越境するファンダム」にある「 コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機」のタイトルがある章が出版されました。(My chapter ‘Kontentsu Tsuurizumu In Purein Saito – Seichi Toshite Koukuuki‘ has been published in the book Kontentsu Tsuurizumu – Media-o Oudan Suru Kontentsu to Ekkyou suru Fandamu edited by Takayoshi Yamamura and Philip Seaton has been published.) コンテンツツーリズムは、第一義的に、ポピュラーカルチャーのファンが、相当ポピュラーカルチャーの特定の要素と結びついた場所に旅する行為を指す。これは、シートンら(Seaton et al. 2017: 3)によって示されたコンテンツツーリズムの定義の核となる部分である。本書ではこの定義がアップデートされてはいるが、本書に含まれる章の大部分はこれまでの考え方同様、目的地における活動に焦点を当てている(なお、ビートンによる13章は目的地における活動以外の可能性を指摘する、数少ない章の一つである)。本章の狙いは、コンテンツツーリズムにおける「目的地」についての考え方が、過度に限定的にならないようにすることにある。さらに本章では、消費者、ファン、ツーリスト、そして―少なくとも表面的には、コンテンツツーリズム活動から利益を得ようとしているように見える―事業者、商業活動、といった本体・要素間の線引き(区分)についても問題提起を行なう。具体的には、本章では航空機との関連でコンテンツツーリズムを検討してい論じみたい。  原文タイトルはContents Tourism in Plane Sight. “In plain sight”は英語で「わかりやすく、よく見える状態で」といった意味。これと本章で扱う対象の”Plane”(航空機)、”Plane sight” 「航空機を見ること、航空機の見所・名所」をかけた洒落になっている。…

ANA 747s – Didn’t Catch Them All

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane and more recently I did a post about China Airlines retiring their 747s. I noted in that post that I hadn’t done a post about other airlines, which I had used, retiring their 747s. This time I am going to…

The ANA Flight NH58 Memorial

As I continued to look at cases of memorialisation for public transportation crashes in Japan, after having studied the JL123 crash for many years, I also visited the ANA flight NH58 crash (also known as the Shizukuishi crash) (全日空機雫石衝突事故) memorial. Having read about the crash in books, I learnt more about the crash when visiting…

Photographing Planes at Itami Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Itami Airport, officially Osaka International Airport (ITM, 大阪国際空港), but generally referred to as Itami Airport (伊丹空港) . Despite the ‘international’ name, since the opening of Kansai International Airport, it is now an entirely domestic airport. However, it continues to…

Photographing Planes at Sendai Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Sendai Airport (仙台空港), which I visited in 2015 so I could hold a research interview there. I have already written a post about 3/11 and discussed what happened at Sendai Airport in it, so this post won’t dwell on…

Photographing Planes at Kobe Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Kope Airport (神戸空港) . I visited the airport during my busy fieldwork trip to Japan, holding research interviews there before then taking a flight from Ibaraki. The airport is connected to central Kobe (Sannomiya Station) by an extension of the…

Photographing Planes at New Chitose Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港), often just referred to as Chitose Airport (千歳空港), but that can lead to confusion with the adjoining Chitose Air Base (千歳基地). Although I have been to this airport a few times, in terms of photography,…

Contents Tourism – Star Wars Planes

As it is May 4th today, and an opportunity to discuss Star Wars (May The Fourth Be With You – May the Force be with You), in the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing…