CategoryHolmes of Kyoto Vol 1

Chapter 3: A Million Wishes (Part 3)

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Full Text Chapter 3 Part 2 | Contents | Chapter 3 Part 4 “That was a really fascinating story. It was good that we stopped to listen to it.”  With the main hall behind us, I spoke excitedly as Holmes-san looked at me with gentle, narrowed eyes. “You’re right. Coming to a place like this and listening to that story was an extraordinarily good use of our time, I think.” “Yes, I think so too...

Chapter 3: A Million Wishes (Part 2)

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Full Text Chapter 3 Part 1 | Contents | Chapter 3 Part 3 The next day. I was riding my bicycle towards Hyakumanben. Hyakumanben Chionji was not that far from my house. It was actually even closer than Teramachi Sanjou. I traveled down south on Shimogamo Main Road until it merged with Imadegawa Road, then turned left (East). I eventually reached a large, busy intersection known as “Hyakumanben...

Chapter 3: A Million Wishes (Part 1)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 9 | Contents | Chapter 3 Part 2 {Note about chapter name: Hyakumanben is another name for Chionji Temple in Sakyō ward, a temple associated with the priests Ennin (794-864) and Honen (1133-1212) and is a Jodo-shu sect (A branch of Pure Land Buddhism) temple of Japanese Buddhism. The name Hyakumanben (“One Million Times”) comes from a period of pestilence and...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter 1 —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 got such...

Chapter 2: In Days of Aoi (Part 9)

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Full Text Chapter 2 Part 8 | Contents | Chapter 3 Part 1 And then the main day of the Aoi Festival, May 15th, arrived. The Aoi Festival, which is officially known as “Kamo Festival”, is one of Kyoto’s Three Big Festivals, along with Gion Festival and Festival of the Ages. Kamo Festival is also the oldest festival still practiced in Japan. In the Asuka period, the people of Japan were suffering...

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...

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