Fujiki Consulting Services

Keiichi Fujiki has an uncanny knack for seeing hidden connections, a talent he employs assisting the people who visit his mountainside shop seeking advice. But behind his ordinary appearance lies a secret identity that no other human has ever known -- until now.

Calling on a rich cast of characters from the Japanese mythological world -- gods and gremlins, shapeshifters and spirits -- this story is told in a series of chapters that each revolve around a central case that Fujiki helps solve.

If you're interested in reading stories or watching anime that take place in this world, this story provides excellent exposure to the type of cultural background and vocabulary you'll need. We've worked to tell the story in an accessible way, but the fantasy subject matter might make this series feel more challenging in places. (Readers who find this story too challenging are encouraged to start with Kiki-Mimi Radio, Kona's Big Adventure, and Oku-Nikkou and work up to this one.)

(Chapter 1: Introduction. Ongoing, 41 episodes)

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Episode 1
A bounce in her step, Sayaka takes in the crisp air.
Notes: This episode contains notes on what might be new uses of familiar words like koko and maru de.
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With Sound Effects Unread 3059
Voice Only Unread 517
Episode 2
Sayaka continues to seek her destination.
Notes: This episode contains notes on combining numbers together to create short ranges, plus a cultural note about entering and leaving shrines and temples.
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With Sound Effects Unread 1079
Voice Only Unread 170
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Episode 3
Sayaka hopes for a speedy resolution to a problem.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a pattern used when praying or hoping, a word that refers to the dignified sitting a statue does, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 577
Voice Only Unread 107
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Episode 4
Sayaka recalls the events that led her to this temple.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the difference between two different characters used to write the word sagasu, plus one that explains a word that shrines and temples use to describe their specialties.
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With Sound Effects Unread 371
Voice Only Unread 84
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Episode 5
Sayaka happens upon an intriguing shop.
Notes: This episode contains several interesting vocabulary words and a cultural note about the cloth banners that hang in front of businesses.
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With Sound Effects Unread 316
Voice Only Unread 70
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Episode 6
The shopkeeper and Sayaka meet.
Notes: This episode contains several notes on words that might have unexpected meanings, such as saabisu and hyouban.
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With Sound Effects Unread 287
Voice Only Unread 58
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Episode 7
Fujiki gets to know Sayaka.
Notes: This episode contains notes explaining two different uses of the common word tokoro.
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With Sound Effects Unread 260
Voice Only Unread 47
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Episode 8
Sayaka explains her problem.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the verb hasamu as well as one on the pattern to itte mo.
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With Sound Effects Unread 231
Voice Only Unread 40
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Episode 9
Fujiki continues to gather information from Sayaka.
Notes: This episode contains a review of two related polite patterns, plus a note on a word that means "the area between the eyebrows" that is more useful than you might expect.
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With Sound Effects Unread 234
Voice Only Unread 42
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Episode 10
The narrator explains Fujiki's background.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special use of the verb "to work," one on a verb that means "to confuse; to mix up (two things)," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 226
Voice Only Unread 44
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Episode 11
Fujiki's biography continues.
Notes: This episode contains extended notes explaining how the verb for "change" can mean "unusual" and how to understand a common sentence pattern with a missing ending.
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With Sound Effects Unread 194
Voice Only Unread 35
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Episode 12
One of Mike's friends tells her something important.
Notes: This episode contains extended notes explaining several interesting patterns and expressions.
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With Sound Effects Unread 193
Voice Only Unread 36
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Episode 13
Mike feels a strange sensation come over her.
Notes: This episode contains several interesting speech patterns, as well as notes that break them down.
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With Sound Effects Unread 185
Voice Only Unread 35
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Episode 14
The man in the park responds to the mysterious woman.
Notes: This episode is full of interesting vocabulary and expressions, along with notes to explain them.
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With Sound Effects Unread 175
Voice Only Unread 34
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Episode 15
The man's conversation with the woman takes an unexpected turn.
Notes: This episode is replete with notes that look at the suffix -komu, a mimetic word that means "quickly, silently, and without resistance," a casual way to create an imperative, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 169
Voice Only Unread 37
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Episode 16
The man finds himself in a nightmarish confrontation.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a simple way to say "no matter how much (verb happens)," another on the meaning of "making your eyes shine," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 141
Voice Only Unread 28
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Episode 17
The woman from earlier appears again with some additional words for the man.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "to hold nearby," one on a tricky passive expression, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 130
Voice Only Unread 27
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Episode 18
As the woman promised, the man finds himself safely at home. Mike takes stock.
Notes: This episode contains a long discussion of an expression that means "to take revenge."
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With Sound Effects Unread 130
Voice Only Unread 24
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Episode 19
Mike makes a new acquaintance.
Notes: This episode looks at a pattern for using mieru with a verb that describes a change in appearance to say that something appears a certain way.
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With Sound Effects Unread 129
Voice Only Unread 24
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Episode 20
Shiro and Mike reach their destination, and Mike meets someone new.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "shatter" or "split," one on a dialect version of the musing na, one on the difference for two words that refer to Buddhist monks, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 110
Voice Only Unread 21
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Episode 21
Mike listens as the head monk explains her situation.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a dialect equivalent of iru, an expression that means "just because X, it doesn't mean that Y," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 101
Voice Only Unread 22
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Episode 22
The head monk explains more about this world to a wide-eyed Mike.
Notes: This episode contains several notes about expressions the monk uses that differ slightly from modern Japanese, but which you might hear in period dramas or anime.
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With Sound Effects Unread 108
Voice Only Unread 18
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Episode 23
The narrator returns to Sayaka and Fujiki.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a different use of the familiar word mamonaku, one on an expression that means "I'm beat!" and more.
Editions Status Total Readers
With Sound Effects Unread 90
Voice Only Unread 17
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Episode 24
A newly energized Sayaka searches for Mike.
Notes: This episode contains notes on several interesting vocabulary words.
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With Sound Effects Unread 90
Voice Only Unread 13
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Episode 25
At the edge of the pond, Sayaka looks for clues.
Notes: This episode contains a note comparing three different words that mean "shore; bank; water's edge," as well as one that reviews the ni that means "in addition to."
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With Sound Effects Unread 74
Voice Only Unread 11
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Episode 26
Sayaka feels stuck in her search for Mike.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the familiar word giri-giri, another on a difference between two words that mean "to point," and one that means "to push one's way through."
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With Sound Effects Unread 44
Voice Only Unread 6