Explanation of these omake:
The “omake” chapters I think I’ll be occasionally adding will be an expansion of any event or object I refer to in the Syncope fic, but they will always occur before the timeline of the actual fic, which is why I’m numbering them “0.x.” This is basically an excuse for me to write the fluffy flashbacks I wanted to add to Syncope but would be way too long. :P The omake chapters won’t occur in chronological order, either (0.2 might be far in the past compared to 0.1, for instance). They might not be Shizuru/Natsuki. Consider them one-shots, but still tied in with something from Syncope. I’m open to omake chapter suggestions…
Yes, I’m aware the userpic icon is the same as chapter 1.7. This is because I published these two at the same time, so I didn’t bother changing the userpic this time. Oh well.
Weather: The city around Fuuka isn’t Tokyo, but I’m basing the weather more closely to it; winters rarely bring snow to Tokyo, and the temperature is usually above the freezing point, but cold enough for a winter coat and gloves and such. On the other hand, the west coast of the main island bears the brunt of a wind system that can bring heavy snow. Kyoto has a bit more extreme weather than Tokyo, I believe (more snow, hotter/muggier summers).
Japanese shopping arcades:
Akita and Shiba Inu (dog breeds):
(Oh, gods, so cute [head explodes]. There are several Japanese dog breeds, a few which resemble the Akita or vice versa, but I happened to choose the largest and smallest of the Japanese breeds for comparison, and they look pretty similar.)
gyokuro: The highest form of green tea in Japan, excluding matcha, which is only for the tea ceremony. There are many other types of tea under those levels, including sencha (common) and bancha (low grade). I made up the brand.
Japanese mayonnaise: …is different from American/European mayonnaise, and there are some soy-based options. I posted links in an earlier research entry already.
And finally, yes, I’m fully aware I could have changed the tone of the ending lines completely, but I wanted it to end on a sweet note, not a perverted or overly teasing one. :P