Reminder: Don’t read the Notes before reading the actual fic chapter.
*Please comment only on this and previous chapters to avoid spoiling.
*Edited 9/2, so if you read and commented on it before, please read again and do let me know if I can improve it more.
Not-so-quick and out-of-order notes:
(Otou-san = father, and okaa-san = mother, direct address. Stated elsewhere, I would normally use the English terms when the speaker speaks of either in third person, e.g. “my father,” also to avoid using “haha” since that looks weird in English. In this case, since Natsuki is maybe six years old, it didn’t seem quite appropriate in English, so I chose to use papa/mama for third person there. I could have left it just as the direct address honorifics, though–i.e. otou-san, okaa-san. Confusing? Suggestion?)
Weellll, I don’t know if this made a whole lot of sense since I’m posting it late tonight without a more thorough editing. Yes, I went overboard with the detail in some places. Sorry? Well, it’s an omake so it doesn’t need to fit in with the rest of the chapters. Guess I’ll just let it ferment for a bit, so your reviews will help. :P
This omake chapter ended up being a bit less fluffy than I intended. Also, a lot more research went into it than… necessary, possibly. Anyway, I don’t outline the omakes; I just start with a specific idea. In Omake 0.1, that idea was “Natsuki getting a fluffy toy dog is predictable, but how do I get it from her to Shizuru, since she has it in 1.6?” For this chapter, it was “What kind of present could Shizuru give Natsuki for her birthday that would be highly symbolic? No lingerie.”
inkan/hanko: I’ve seen both terms used interchangeably, but decided on inkan because that’s part of the registry office’s name. These are name seals, or small objects used to “sign” your name, and are still used in China, Korea, Japan, and perhaps other Asian countries today in varying capacities. I decided not to use just “seal” because I wanted to elaborate just a little between the Japanese types. Rather than go into an essay about that, here’s one of over a dozen links I referenced: The Practice of Using Seals in Japan. Example images here: http://japan-cc.com/hanko.htm
Now, I was already familiar with Asian seals and knew that Japanese culture used them, so I thought it would be a neat and symbolic artifact for Shizuru to give. If 15 years is the minimum age to register a jitsuin, then it should be Natsuki’s 15th birthday (though registration isn’t necessary at all for mitomein*). Some family background information courtesy again of apollyon_0 and haruka108. Since asian name seals are so tied to identity, that’s how the conversation went…
(Gem Hut) Sea Jasper Gemstones
This link is the product of quite a bit of rock hunting (seriously; lots of rocks and minerals–all very pretty and highly distracting ^_^;). There’s actually a HUGE variety of patterns within ocean/sea jasper, but those samples were the ones that I liked best.
I don’t know about Japanese obits in their newspapers.
Various links referenced for traditional Kyoto summer foods and kaiseki meals, Japanese strawberry shortcakes. I tell you–looking at all those pictures of Japanese shortcakes made me very hungry. Interesting link: http://smt.blogs.com/mari_diary/2005/02/japanese_standa.html
I really wish I could read the “Standard of Japan” site.