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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...

The Returning Favor of Haruhi Suzumiya

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PDF/EPUB As usual, the one who brought it up was Haruhi, and she did so one day after school hours. “Can’t we do anything about this?” She asked as she stared at the monitor on top of the Chief’s Desk. Projected on it was the top page of the SOS Brigade’s website. “The access counter’s not going up, huh.” It seems like she hasn’t given up. “It’s been quite a while since we made this site, so I...

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...

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