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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...

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

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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.) Full Text Prologue | Contents | Chapter 1 Part 2 “Aoi-san, would you like to work here?” That question came from a strange youth in an...

Lesson 5 – Hiragana (Ra ~ N)

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Overview Lesson 5 Hiragana Chart Hello everyone! Today, we will be going through the final lesson of the Hiragana table. This should be a pretty quick lesson, so hang in there, we’re about to reach the end! Hiragana – Eighth column The eighth column is associated with the ‘r’ sound, so the first letter, ら, is read as ‘rah’, and so on. Take note that there...

Lesson 4 – Hiragana (Ma ~ Yo), Diphthongs

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Overview Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all been keeping up thus far. In this lesson, we will be going through the 7th and 8th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as diphthongs that can be produced. Hiragana – Seventh Column The seventh column is associated with the ‘m’ sound, so the the first letter, ま, is read as ‘mah’, and so on. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Hiragana...

Lesson 2 – Hiragana (Sa ~ To), Doubled Consonants

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Overview In this lesson, we will be going through the 3rd and 4th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as the additional sounds that can be generated from those letters.   Hiragana – Third column The third column is associated with the ‘s’ sound, so the the first letter, さ, is read as ‘sah’, but here we have our first exception. The second letter, し, is not...

Lesson 1 – Hiragana (A ~ Ko), Long Vowels

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Overview In this lesson, we will be learning the first two columns of the Hiragana table (from right to left). We have to know how to pronounce each letter, how they are written and how they are represented in English (Also known as Romaji). As we look at each letter, try writing them out on a piece of paper. At the end of the lesson, I will give a brief explanation of long vowels, as well as...

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