Nice to meet you, I am Mai Mochizuki.
I thank you wholeheartedly for picking up a copy of “Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes”.
I became a resident of Kyoto in the spring of 2013.
Since I was originally from Kyoto, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the old capital of Kyoto is an exact opposite of my hometown. Everything here was so fresh and interesting to me.
I wanted to write something about the city of Kyoto before the “outsider’s perspective and feelings” fade, and so I picked up the pen and started writing this book.
Also, I’d always wanted to write in the genre known as “light mystery”. It features fun mysteries in which people don’t die, so it was really appealing to me.
Right then, let’s write a light mystery set in Kyoto!
When I had that thought, the title “Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes” suddenly appeared in my head.
Actually, for this work, I started with the title, and expanded the story from there.
“Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes”.
Yup, it has quite a good flow, so that’s decided!
I’d decided to make a character with Yagashira as his family name and Holmes as his nickname based on the flow, but beyond that was a thorny path.
There were a lot more things about Kyoto and antiques to study about, so I spent many days reading piles of books and taking notes.
Also, to write this book, I read the appraiser Nakajima Seinosuke’s1 book so many times that I could memorize it.
I was already a fan of him, but he made the world of antiques easy and interesting to read, so I became an even bigger fan. Thank you very much!
That’s why I modelled the character Owner, or “Yagashira Seiji”, after him… that’s what I’d like to profess, but Owner’s character is too happy-go-lucky, so I’ll restrain myself.
In writing this work, I’ve experienced a hardship that I have not felt before, and the ecstasy of finishing it was huge. This is certainly a work I have a strong attachment to.
That is why I am so happy that you’ve gone out of your way to pick up this book. It would also be great if, after finishing it, the thought of “I want to go to Kyoto” is etched in your heart, no matter how slight it is.
Finally, I would like to use this space to give my thanks.
Thank you to you readers who always root for me.
Thank you to my dearest friends who have supported and encouraged me through our friendly rivalries.
Thank you to my beloved family who have allowed me to write and cheered me on.
E★Everystar2, the smartphone novel upload site that has made my dreams come true, as well as editor Kawasaki Ryuuichirou-sama, who has put in his utmost efforts for this work.
Shin Miyazawa-sama of Futabasha Publishers Ltd who has guided me with precise advice.
Yamauchishizu for drawing such amazing illustrations.
—You, for picking up this book.
I give my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the writing of this book.
My heartfelt thanks also goes out to the respected Conan Doyle-sensei, whose character “Sherlock Holmes” is still loved by people in the world.
Really, thank you very much.
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- An art appraiser and essayist who was a regular on the TV show “Kaiun! Nandemo kanteidan”, which is an art appraising program. Holmes’ grandfather, Kiyotaka Seiji, seems to be based off this person quite a bit.