It’s coming. It’s coming! Kitsune-Mochi is nearly here, and I’m so excited.
In fact, I’m so excited that I want to share. How about an ARC (advance review copy) of Kitsune-Mochi? So you can read it before it even goes on sale? Boo-yeah. Let’s do this.
But instead of a random contest, this one is for the achievers! I’m going to ask some questions about the world of Kitsune Tales. You’re going to answer them as quickly and accurately as you can. And the first five comments with all the correct answers will win.
And, I’ll drop a Really Useful Hint on the relevant page number in the paperback of Kitsune-Tsuki. Ebook users, don’t fret — you guys have search functionality!
Comments will be moderated until winners are selected so that one guy can’t just cheat off the first person who did the work. Got it? Let’s go!
1) What doesn’t the fox say?
You’ve heard all about what the fox says. Now tell me what the fox doesn’t say. According to folklore, kitsune even in human shape cannot pronounce a particular syllable. Name it.
(Hint: check page 61 of the Kitsune-Tsuki paperback.)
2) Why Inari?
Inari is the Shinto deity served by foxes, which frequently appear at her shrine. What pragmatic material does Inari represent?
(Hint: check page 11 of the Kitsune-Tsuki paperback.)
3) I Hate Everything About You
Kitsune are tricksters and mischievous things, but they truly hate and fear one animal. Which? And bonus point for including the Japanese word.
(Hint: check page 56 of the Kitsune-Tsuki paperback.)
4) This title isn’t even in English, srsly
Two-parter: What does kitsune-tsuki mean? And what does kitsune-mochi mean?
(Hint: check page 2 in the Kitsune-Tsuki paperback, and click here for another hint.)
5) Ninja skilz
Shishio Hitoshi is a shadow, the daimyou‘s unseen hand. Most modern readers would call him a ninja, but he would not have used that word. While they are never called such in these books, historically what were Shishio’s people known as?
Okay, go. Clock’s ticking! I’ll announce the winners in another post. Ganbatte! (Do your best!)