Well this was a fun chapter!
Its probably a good thing that I don’t have any 割りばし in the house, or there is a good chance I’d be spending a chunk of tonights studying time making myself a 割りばし鉄砲 instead
Didn’t we already have a chapter featuring the Great Koro-baa Incident?
Though come to think of it, they didn’t actually make it there last time either, did they?
Fun fact: for much of Ueno Park, the most recent street view images were taken during the Sakura Matsuri in 2014. Here is the thing they’re standing in front of on the first page of the chapter. It’s not quite identical - the one in the manga has more lanterns, while the real-world one has two pandas rather than one, and a circle around the 桜 - but they’re pretty similar.
Well, they took a bit of a detour between Ueno Park and Ueno proper.
The actual crossing they’re using is this one - note you can still see the lantern wall thingy on the left (though that one’s for the Ueno Natsu Matsuri).
The former 博物館動物園駅 is real - with that awkward name, I thought for sure that Kotoha was making it up, and this building they visit was actually an electricity substation or somesuch, but no, it’s actually a station. It’s here, located on the Keisei Main Line between Keisei Ueno (which is also under the park) and Nippori - it was closed in 1997 because the platforms were too short for the trains, and completely abandoned in 2004. In 2018, it was reopened to the public - you can apparently go down to the platforms (or at least the concourse? unclear), but I’m not clear as to exactly how.
Gotta resist peeking ahead.
Side note, what’s with all the grey t-shirts on the chapter title pages?