Interest Whisper of the Heart's Real-Life Station Plays "Country Roads"
posted on 2012-02-23 21:30 EST by Ko Ransom
The Keio Corporation railway company has announced that they and Tama City are collaborating in order to begin using a music box rendition of "Country Roads," the John Denver song used as the opening theme for Whisper of the Heart, in Tokyo's Seiseki-Sakuragaoka station, located in the town used as the model for the Yoshifumi Kondō film by Studio Ghibli. Beginning on April 8, the song will be used to warn passengers standing on the platform of the Keio line station that a train will be arriving soon.
In recent years, there has been an oft-noted increase in anime-related tourism efforts around Japan such as those at Lucky Star's Washinomiya Shrine. In their own efforts to attempt to increase the number of visitors to the the area, organizations local to Tama city have taken other steps to make visitors feel more like they are in the world of the movie, and also plan to place a monument by the station's West entrance that pays homage to the film. Additionally, since 2005, Youko Honna, the voice of the film's main character, has been brought to Tama City's Vita Hall seven times to perform and speak.