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Chapter 66 Question

Before I go ahead and post up the third chapter of my fan fic places I want to ask a question concerning chapter 66 of the manga. When Alpha runs into the woman tending to the pile of leaves just what type of building is that behind her? There was a sign that got shown up close that says exactly what it is but without knowing Japanese it's hard to know what it is. The woman says the building's closed and then mentions the Diet, which I Googled to find out is another name for the parliment. So I wonder if the building is actually a government building, a hostel of some kind, or just municipal offices.

Here's the page that shows the sign in front of the building. If someone like dDave knows what it says I'd be gateful.


- Christine K.
Monday, November 7, 2005


It says "Diet of the Country of Kanagawa". As you mention, the Diet is the Japanese version of Parliment, so it is a goverment building.

There are some important things to note. One is that Kanagawa is currently (in real life) a prefecture, which is roughly equivilent to a U.S. state. In YKK, Kanagawa, as with several other areas mentioned, is called a "kuni", or country. That seems to suggest the breakdown of centralized government, with each prefecture taking on the loose government duties remaining.

Also note how small the building is, and the size of the mailbox on the left column. Clearly, there is not much government business to conduct in the YKK world.



- dDave
Monday, November 7, 2005

Thank you Dave. I started out calling it a Hostel and then changed my mind and called it a government building. However, something inside me questioned that decision and made me change it back to a hostel. I think that cleaning woman there had me thinking it was a Hostel that only got used when the Diet was in session. Now that I know, the elderly woman's comments make much more sense. Shouldn't be too hard to fix that to have it match the canon world.

- Christine K
Monday, November 7, 2005

Seems like the Diet of Kanagawa is mostly giant persimmons :)

- terry
Monday, November 7, 2005

Terry, That was funny! :D

- Darin~
Tuesday, November 8, 2005

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