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Chapter 2, 'At Five' segment 2 of 2

Later, as dinner was being served, Katsumi, Mizuko’s only brother, strode into the dining room. “I won!” he shouted. Kichinosuke beamed...

ST: Chapter 1, 'Birthday', part 1 of 3

“Open the window a bit,” the midwife requested. “We all need some fresh air before continuing.” Toya, the youngest maid/attendant in the...

ST: Chapter 1, 'Birthday', part 2 of 3

Below the clouds of cherry blossoms adorning ancient trees, three Japanese gentlemen engaged in a spirited discussion. The respectful...

ST: Chapter 1, 'Birthday', part 3 of 3

“Shoya-sama, it’s a girl.” The smile that Kichinosuke Takahashi, the shoya, village head of Onorimura, Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken, and the...

ST: Chapter 2, 'At Five', part 1 of 2

“What do you think of this one?” asked eight-year old Sanae airily, turning slowly around with arms outstretched in the spacious parlor...