CategoryHolmes of Kyoto Vol 1

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 8)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 7 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 9 Forest of Correction. That’s the name of the forest in the grounds of Shimogamo Shrine. There is a large stone monument with the words “World Cultural Heritage” near the shrine entrance that leads out to a granite path. From that point, a walkway extends straight towards the main shrine. The primary forest on both sides of that road is the...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 7)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 6 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 8 “—Holmes-san, do you really know who the culprit is?” After returning to Kura in Teramachi Sanjou, I numbly asked in a loud voice, while Holmes-san returned a conspicuous frown. “Please don’t say something like ‘culprit’ in such a loud voice. Don’t you think this is an insecure shop?” Upon hearing those words, I was taken aback and...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 6)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 5 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 7 “I-I’m so sorry, Holmes-san!” In a café-restaurant adjacent to the hotel lobby on the first floor, I clasped my hands and apologized. In response, Holmes-san showed a small grin. “No no, I don’t mind at all, so don’t worry about it.” “Y-You sure?” He couldn’t be angry with a smile on his face, right? “Yes, I have often been treated as an...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 5)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 4 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 6 —And then Saturday arrived. Leaving the running of Kura to Manager, Holmes and I headed towards the flower arrangement exhibition, which was being held in a hotel. It was apparently being held in the event hall of Kyoto Hotel Okura, which was in the direction of the city hall. In other words, it was at a walkable distance from Kura...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 4)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 3 | Contents | Chapter 2 Part 5 After the Miyashita family had left, Holmes-san stared at the two threatening letters while sitting on the sofa, as if he were digesting them. His eyes were serious, but his mouth showed the hint of a smile. “…Did you figure something out?” “Yes, just a little.” He then closed his mouth. I could tell that he was not willing to say anymore...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 3)

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Full Text 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...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 2)

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Full Text 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...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 1)

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Full Text 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...

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...

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