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Curiosities of Lotus Asia

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Curiosities of Lotus Asia
Curiosities of Lotus Asia

ASCII Media Works


September 30, 2010




Genji Asai







Touhou Kourindou (Fragrant Rain Temple) ~ Curiosities of Lotus Asia (東方香霖堂 ~ Curiosities of Lotus Asia) is a series of side stories that complement the normal Touhou timeline.

Written by ZUN and illustrated by Genji Asai, each story takes up four pages; one full-page artwork, three of mostly text.

It's written from the point of view of Rinnosuke Morichika, proprietor of Kourindou, a little odds-and-ends store. Naturally, he has a lot of well-known "customers" in the store, especially Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame.

A compilation was released on September 30, 2010 by ASCII Media Works.

During an interview with Dengeki Online in 2015[1], it was confirmed that Curiosities of Lotus Asia would continue its serialization in the Touhou Official Magazine Strange Creators of Outer World.


Pieces of information about dates are by courtesy of the Japanese Touhou Wiki.


  • The stories themselves are serialized in various publications: Magazine Elfics, Elnavi, Dengeki Moeoh (電撃萌王), and Colorful PUREGIRL. One extra chapter was contributed for twirl-lock's doujinshi, "Ryousaishii 2" (霊偲志異2). When serialized in Colorful PUREGIRL, nearly each story required two months to complete. This is related to the reason the numberings of each chapter are different on magazines and internet novels. ZUN's numbering in each publication is shown below. Each publication the series appeared in is lined on the far right.
  • The series continued its serialization after 9 years in the Strange Creators of Outer World official magazine with a new story.
Publication PUREGIRL Elfics Ryousaishii 2 Elnavi Hardcover
Colorful PUREGIRL chap. 1 - part 1 chap. 1
chap. 1 - part 2 chap. 2
chap. 2 chap. 3
chap. 3 - part 1 chap. 4
chap. 3 - part 2 chap. 5
chap. 4 - part 1 chap. 6
chap. 4 - part 2 chap. 7
chap. 5 - part 1 chap. 8
chap. 5 - part 2 chap. 9
magazine elfics chap. 1 chap. 10
chap. 2 chap. 7 chap. 11
Ryousaishii 2 hap. 8[1] chap. 12
magazine elfics chap. 3 chap. 12 chap. 13
chap. 4 chap. 13 chap. 14
chap. 5 chap. 14 chap. 15
chap. 6 chap. 15 chap. 16
Elnavi chap. 16 chap. 17
chap. 17 chap. 18
Dengeki Moeoh chap. 18 chap. 19
chap. 19 chap. 20
chap. 20 chap. 21
chap. 21 chap. 22
chap. 22 chap. 23
chap. 23 chap. 24
chap. 24 chap. 25
chap. 25 chap. 26
chap. 26 chap. 27

^  His exact comment is "This is the next part of chapter 7".

  • In Colorful PUREGIRL, parts one and two were to be combined into one whole chapter. In the magazine Elfics, the numbering restarted from the beginning. Just after the second chapter was published there, Comiket 67 took place and a doujinshi was sold which included one story of Curiosities of Lotus Asia. It wasn't available anywhere else, so once people found out about it and tried to buy it, the resale price skyrocketed. It was also unclear if was part of the official series until the hardcover compilation was released. In Elnavi, parts one and two were made to be their own separate stories. In the hardcover release, the doujinshi-exclusive chapter was also included. Everything seemed to be fine, but there was another problem; the chapter numbering in the hardcover version doesn't match the magazine version. Don't be puzzled by sources that list different numberings.
  • The preview article is here.
  • The titles of chapter 8 and 9 ― 霧雨の火炉 and 夏の梅雨堂 ― were originally credited as 霖雨の火炉 and 夏の梅霖堂.
  1. ZUN's interview on the Dengeki Online stream