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Holmes of Kyoto Vol 2 Chapter 5: Confusion and Enlightenment (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents ––We should all realise that we can only talk about the bad forgeries, the ones that have been detected; the good ones are still hanging on the walls. Théodore Rousseau 1 It was now nearing the end of October, and we could see the signs of autumn deepening. Like every day, quiet jazz was playing in the antique store Kura. As they say, fall is the season of the...

Holmes of Kyoto Vol 2 Chapter 4: A Long Night in Autumn (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents | Next Chapter 1 “Aoi-san, is it possible for you to stay overnight?” “—Eh?” It was a quiet Saturday evening. As usual, I was doing odd jobs in Kura, when Holmes casually asked me that question, as if he meant nothing of it. Stay overnight? What does he mean by that? Could he be inviting me on a holiday with him? Going on a holiday with Holmes… but why? I couldn’t...

Holmes of Kyoto Vol 2 Chapter 3: The Lost Dragon – Kajiwara Akihito’s Report (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents | Next Chapter 1 “—Yes, yes, please. Thank you so much!” I’m Kajiwara Akihito, 25 years old. My occupation? Being an actor. I excitedly hung up from the phone call with my manager. That phone call was regarding a new gig. “Since your family lives in Kyoto, this job should fit you perfectly, Akihito-san.” It’s a travel program, and is like the Kyoto version of “See...

Holmes of Kyoto Vol 2 Chapter 2: In the Style of Las Meninas (Full Text)

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[Note about title: Spanish for “The Ladies-in-waiting”, Las Meninas is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, and is one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting for its complex and enigmatic composition that raises questions about reality and illusion.] Prev Chapter | Contents | Next Chapter 1 Autumn embraced the city of Kyoto. The temperature was pleasant, and red maple leaves that...

Holmes of Kyoto Vol 2 Chapter 1: The Philosophy of Judgment (Full Text)

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Prologue | Contents | Next Chapter 1 As the seething heat died down, signalling the end of the summer holidays, the new school semester started. Even so, the students were still unable to shake off the lackadaisical feeling of vacation. For the second year students in high school, many of them seemed to have gone all out in their vacation, for I noticed a significant number of suntanned bodies...

Chapter 5: After the Festival (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents | Afterword 1 As I walked through the city, a light rhythm, “♪ konchikichin, konchikichin ♪” flowed by. It seemed that the ohayashi of the Gion Festival were raising the excitement for the upcoming festival. By the way, “konchikichin” is the sound produced by the ohayashi that is a representative onomatopoeia of the Gion Festival, my ears did not actually hear that exact...

Chapter 4: Case of the Mt. Kurama Estate Inheritance (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents | Next Chapter 1 This was the season in which the leaves were developing a deeper shade of green. “If it’s alright with you, could we go together?” Holmes-san had asked when I mentioned that I would be going to Mt.Kurama. Whenever I remember the gentle smile he wore back then, I would get a tingling sensation. It was a Friday evening in the first few days of July. After...

Chapter 3: A Million Wishes (Full Text)

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Prev Chapter | Contents | Next Chapter {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 plague in the city...

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...

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