Ookura Teruko Project: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 2

Here’s the second chapter of Bewitching Shadow (1934), the first story in the Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation.

Read here: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 2: Bewitching Eyes

Ookura Teruko is notable for being the first Japanese female detective writer. This story is her debut work. Ookura’s works are collected in the book Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation (大倉燁子探偵小説選 Ookura Teruko Tantei Shousetsu-sen). Ookura’s works are available in the public domain on Aozora Bunko. As such, input is welcome on translations, the usage of the English language (neither Japanese or English are my native languages), and anything else to help with the translation of the source text!

Ookura Teruko Project: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 1

The translation of the Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation is finally off to a start! Bewitching Shadow (1934) is the first story in this compilation and is comprised of five chapters. I will update the story weekly.

Read here: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 1: Code

Ookura Teruko is notable for being the first Japanese female detective writer. This story is her debut work. Ookura’s works are collected in the book Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation (大倉燁子探偵小説選 Ookura Teruko Tantei Shousetsu-sen). Ookura’s works are available in the public domain on Aozora Bunko. As such, input is welcome on translations, the usage of the English language (neither Japanese or English are my native languages), and anything else to help with the translation of the source text!

For now I plan on translating two or three Ookura stories per year, alternated by short stories by other authors.

Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 3: Rewriting Ghost Hunt

This is the last part of the interview with Ono Fuyumi from Da Vinci‘s December 2010 issue, in which Ono talks about rewriting the original Ghost Hunt series. Please go to part one “The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint” to read the interview from the beginning.

Ono Fuyumi on rewriting Ghost Hunt.

Now it’s 2010. Approximately 18 years have passed since the completion of the series, and Shibuya Psychic Research returns in front of us. Though the fully rewritten edition keeps the atmosphere of the old series, it will also be able to put up with the aesthetic senses of adult readers. It will be finished into a long horror novel of extremely high quality.

Of course, I altered the writing style, but the vignettes and the composition were changed quite a bit as well. Due to the circumstances with the pages back in the day, I was only able to change the story once. In principle, the story should have been made to change once or twice. This time, I was finally able to write it how it should have been.

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Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 2: The Rules for Writing Girls’ Novels

This is the second part of the interview with Ono Fuyumi from Da Vinci‘s December 2010 issue. Ono discusses the rules and restrictions she encountered at the time of writing the original Ghost Hunt series. Please go to part one “The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint” to read the interview from the beginning.

Ono Fuyumi
Left: The galley proofs of the Ghost Hunt series and her favorite Japanese language dictionary. Right: The state of her work desk. It is decorated with a colored paper signed by mangaka Nagai Gou.

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Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 1: The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint

This interview with Ono Fuyumi is part of the Ghost Hunt Reprint Commemoration Special Feature. It was printed in the December 2010 issue of the Da Vinci magazine. The interview also includes some photographs of the author herself and her house. I divided the translation up into three parts. In the first part Ono talks about the reasons for the Ghost Hunt series reprint, and the origin of original series.

Ono Fuyumi Long Interview

Ono Fuyumi, author of Ghost Hunt

Timeless edition! The Ghost Hunt series Reprint Commemoration

The reprint of the Ghost Hunt series, long-awaited for by many fans, is about to turn into reality at last. Why did author Ono Fuyumi-san make up her mind about the reprint of the series just now? What are the differences between the old edition and the rewrite? This is a long interview in which we courageously asked about her memories at the time of the series’ creation, and her feelings on putting out the reprint. A large number of valuable remarks are revealed for the first time: a timeless edition!

I was confident that scary things are fun.

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