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Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 3)

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Chapter 2 Part 2 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 4 “—Miyashita Draper’s Shop of Nishijin is a long-established shop with more than three hundred years of history and deals with all sorts of clothing, from Kabuki and Japanese dance costumes to the kimono worn by leading enka singers.” Owner spoke as he took a seat on the sofa. Having finished the task of bringing the signboard into the shop, I...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 2)

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Chapter 2 Part 1 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 3 —A few days later. It was a weekday, and as usual, I went to help out at Kura after school. “Well then, I was thinking of changing the displays by the window, so could you take the current items down, Aoi-san?” I energetically nodded and replied, “Yes,” as Holmes-san approached holding a box. My role here was usually limited to cleaning and...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 1)

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Chapter 1 Part 4 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 2 —It was in the middle of April. The Saiō representative had just been announced, and the streets of Kyoto were in a sudden fit of energy. “Hey, hey, did y’all see the news about this year’s Saiō representative? I hear the lady’s studying in a women’s university and is from a family who owns a long-established dry-goods store! It’s great that we...

Chapter 1: Hoping to be under the Cherry Trees (Full Text)

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(Note about chapter name: This is a variation of a poem by Saigyō Hōshi, a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period. The poem reads: Let me die in spring under the blossoming trees, let it be around that full moon of Kisaragi month.) Contents Next Chapter 1 “Aoi-san, would you like to work here?” That question came from a strange youth in an antique store named “Kura” in...

Chapter 1: Hoping to be under the Cherry Trees (Part 4)

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Full Text Chapter 1 Part 3 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 1 “–Holmes-san, you were seriously amazing again today!” I exclaimed excitedly while we were walking out of the temple. In response, Holmes-san produced a wry smile. “You’re exaggerating, Aoi-san.” “No, I’m not. I was first surprised when you saw the calluses on his hand and deduced that he was a manga artist.” “Ah, about that… that’s...

Chapter 1: Hoping to be under the Cherry Trees (Part 3)

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Full Text Chapter 1 Part 2 | Contents | Chapter 1 Part 4 –I remember hearing someone saying that spring and autumn in Kyoto were “exceptional”. When I told that to my grandfather, who has since passed away, he said as he patted my head, “It’s not just spring and autumn. Kyoto is good regardless of the season, and different seasons have different attractions.” “So, where is the best place for...

Chapter 1: Hoping to be under the Cherry Trees (Part 2)

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Full Text Chapter 1 Part 1 | Contents | Chapter 1 Part 3 “Good morning.” As usual, I steadied my breathing in front of the shop, then opened the antique door. The door bell tinkled as I walked in, and I caught sight of two men sitting at the counter. “Good morning, Aoi-san.” One of them was the person who had invited me to this part-time job, Yagashira Kiyotaka-san, or as he is widely known...

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