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From “The Futon Storeroom”

That night near midnight, when O-Mitsu came round for her as she had promised, O-Yū felt, oddly enough, just a little bit relieved. It was easier to go ahead and get it over with than sit with her mind playing through one scenario after another. As O-Mitsu had instructed, O-Yū meekly folded up her bedding, set her pillow on top, and carried it all with both hands as she followed behind O-Mitsu until they arrived at the room that was known as the futon storeroom.

O-Mitsu said not a word while they were walking down the corridor. Then, when they arrived and O-Mitsu placed her hand on the sliding door, she suddenly said something most unexpected, though she never turned to look at O-Yū.

“O-Sato’s forty-nine days have been fulfilled, correct?”

Indeed, yesterday had been the forty-ninth day. It was often said that the souls of the dead remained in this world until the forty-ninth day after their death and afterward went on to the next world. Because of that, O-Yū had been counting the days until her sister’s forty-ninth. She had been terribly worried that once that day had passed, her sister’s presence might dissipate.

“Yes,” she said. “It was yesterday.”

O-Mitsu nodded and slid open the paper door.

“Go inside,” she said. (more…)

Tales of the Matagama come to ebook!

Good news, fantasy fans! Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara is finally available as an ebook! The Kindle and iTunes book are live, and NOOK and SONY will be along shortly.

To celebrate, and to make reading easy, we have discounted the ebooks for Dragon Sword and Wind Child. Most e-retailers will have the ebook for $3.99! So get rollin’ on the classic of Japanese heroic fantasy, the Tales of the Matagama!

Haikasoru at Worldcon

Well, we’re back from LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention. We had a party on Thursday night, presented a number of panels featuring Toh EnJoe and other Japanese colleagues, and most importantly, we won our first Hugo Award! “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu, from our anthology The Future Is Japanese, won for Best Short Story!

Naturally, we are thrilled. We spent a lot of time updating our Twitter feed (are you following @haikasoru?), and I’ve Storyfied most of the best tweets–with lots of pics–here. So check it out!

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