Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Kino's Journey XII: Frontispiece


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Frontispiece: The Country of Plagiarism
-I Have Ever Seen Before-

“Welcome, traveler and motorrad. Is this your first time in our country?”

“That's correct.”


“I see. Then I hope you have a wonderful stay.”

“Thank you.”

“We will.”

“By the way, this may sound rude, but…”


“What is it?”

“The truth is, whenever a traveler comes to our country, I observe them briefly and analyze their travel style to report to the citizens. I'm something of a traveler expert in these parts, you see.”

“Oh. I see…”

“What do you think of Kino?”

“Looking back on all the information I collected on the many travelers I've seen, and analyzing that data in conjunction with your appearance…”


“I can't wait to hear!”

“First of all, you came riding a V-twin engine motorrad—the very same style adopted by a traveler named Clark who visited this country 32 years ago. I see clear traces of his style in you.”


“Wow! That's amazing!”

“Hah hah! You flatter me.”


“What else?”

“Hm…that revolver of yours…”


“What about it?”

“It's identical to the model carried by a group of wandering mercenaries called ‘The Jackals,’ who visited us three years ago. They disliked automatics, so they only used revolvers. It seems their influence is strong in you.”


“Wow, Kino. This guy's the real deal!”

“Not at all! It all comes with age, you see. And about that cap of yours, with the ear flaps…”


“Yes? Yes?”

“It was the trademark of a group called ‘The Northern Foxes,’ who came to our country 21 years ago. Their outlandish sense of fashion was a hit here in our homeland for some time.”


“You're really smart, mister!”

“Hahaha! Just between us, I was inspired to wear one of those hats during the winter myself.”

“What else?”

“That brown coat of yours…”



“A long brown coat…”


“Yes? Yes?”

“It's very original!”



“In all my years, I've never seen a traveler wear a long brown coat like yours. It's truly inspired!”



“It’s a novel idea! It's the kind of concept you should spread to the world! I'd like to tell other travelers about your sense of fashion in the future. May I ask for your name?”

“Kino. My name is Kino.”


  1. Thanks for the chapter

  2. Passing Traveler27 March 2020 at 05:00

    Thanks for translating this chapter!

    Although, the wording seems familiar...I think I've seen it somewhere before...

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