Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Kino's Journey XI: Chapter 2


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<<Chapter 1

Chapter 2: A Disappointing Country
-Hope Against Hope-

“Traveler! Wait!”

“Me? What is it?”

“I’m terribly sorry to keep you on your way out. But as a citizen of this country, there’s something I have to ask of you.”

“Ooh, what is it? What is it? Is it even something Kino can do?”

“You’re the only one who can, Traveler! Please tell me what you thought about our country.”

“Well, I had a wonderful stay. I felt very welcome everywhere I went.”

“Yeah. No attempted murder, no motorrad thieves, it was great.”

“Everyone was very hospitable. I was personally impressed by the food. My favorite was the fried chicken with the vinegar and tartar sauce. I almost want to come back just to have it again.”

“I see. I’m glad to see that you found it satisfactory.”

“Is something the matter? You don’t look very happy.”

“Oh, well…you see…”

“What is it? What is it?”

“This…may sound strange.”


“Traveler, if you ever run into someone on your journey who asks about this country…”


“Please tell them that it was an awful place.”


“Tell them how unfriendly we are, how terrible our food is, and how inconvenient everything is.”


“You see, we’re already quite famous among merchants and travelers. They just keep spreading good word about us, so now we’ve built up a reputation as a country where all the people are kind and we always welcome outlanders.”


“Please, go on.”

“But that’s not true. Some people are hospitable, of course, providing travelers with food and shelter. But some people dislike outlanders, and others go out of their way to avoid them. Meeting people like them is bound to disappoint outlanders who come to visit.”

“Disappointment, huh.”

“Yes. They don’t hide their disappointment—some people have even gotten angry, surprised that we weren’t as friendly and welcoming as they had expected.”

“That’s not good.”

“To us, this is ordinary life. We’re not being particularly kind or warm to visitors. But visitors have such high expectations that now we’re finding ourselves in a bit of a dilemma. That’s why we decided to tell departing visitors to spread bad rumors about us. Will you please consider our request?”

“I…I’m sorry, but I’m not a very good liar. I may end up telling someone the truth if they ever ask. I’m very sorry to disappoint you.”

“I see. Thank you for listening.”

“You know, if you really want bad rumors to spread about your country…”


“Just be rude to them as soon as they step through the gates. They’ll start badmouthing you like crazy after that.”

“O-of course not! We couldn’t do something so discourteous!”

Kino and Hermes left the country,

“I’m going to have to correct myself. That wasn’t a really good country,” Kino said to Hermes, “It was an amazing country.”


  1. I really like this chapter because of this country


    New Gakuen kino in October?

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