Discommunication Vol. 2 Discussion
Enter the chicken.
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The Dragon Palace is from the famous story of Urashima Taro, who is taken to that palace under the sea for what seems like days, only to find years have passed when he returns home. When he opens the jeweled box he was given, he turns into an old man.
I should mention the reference to Migi, a character from Parasyte--another manga I translated!
@doceirias Holy crap! Parasyte was the first manga I ever bought! :)
I'm quickly losing interest in this title, sadly. The author is just not giving anything away to keep me hooked, and the mystery is starting to look more like random nonsense. We still have no idea who Matsubue is or how he thinks or what any of his experiments are about. And there's not much else going on in the story outside of him. And then the art is not picking up the slack for me.
I will probably check the next chapter when it's out, but if it's the same routine as the last 7 chapters that'll probably be it for me.
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Oni's Gate: Also known as Ushitora or Kimon, northeast is considered unlucky in Japanese superstitions that date back a thousand years, to the time of the onmyoji.
The gift-givers is depicted in the manner of Daikokuten, one of the Seven Lucky Gods. The bag over the shoulder is also distinctive. I couldn't find any beliefs related to Daikokuten that relate to the actions here, so I think this god is simply wearing a Daikokuten mask.
Wandering Gods: Hyoryushin isn't a very common word at all, but there are several similar phrases, all describing gods that don't reside within a shrine, but drift or wander the earth. Ebisu, another of the Seven Lucky Gods, is a good example.
Folk Dance: The Japanese actually specifies the Dojosukui, so here's a Youtube video of the specific dance Matsubue-kun imagines Togawa performing!
Twisted Chain Stitch: In case you want to get into embroidery yourselves:
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Yomi is the realm of the dead, and Yomotsu-Hirasaka the slope that leads to it.
The Kojiki is a text from the 8th century recording a number of ancient myths.
Izanagi did visit Yomi in a story that bears some resemblance to Orpheus.
The Age of the Gods is the time before the age of humanity, according to the Kojiki.
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Spirit Grass is the sort of concept that's in Wikitionary but not Wikipedia so...it's not really all that specific a term.
Mt. Hiei is a major spiritual site near Kyoto, with a sprawling temple complex and a lot of untouched forest. I've been there!