Elegant Impermanence of Sakura/Characters
Most of the characters in Elegant Impermanence of Sakura are original and non-existent in the Touhou Project. The following six, however, are official Touhou Project characters and are playable in Elegant Impermanence of Sakura. Aside from the stage 1 boss and the stage 5 midboss, the remaining characters below this point are originals.
Defenders of Gensokyo (幻想乡的维护者)
Wonderful Shrine Maiden of Paradise
Youkai of Boundaries
Visitors From the Living and the Dead (此岸彼岸的访客)
Magician Longing For Longevity
Witnesses of History (历史的见证者)
Phoenix of the Bamboo Forest
Fujiwara no Mokou
History-Tracing Half Beast
Manipulating the eternal and the instantaneous
Kaguya Houraisan (蓬莱山 輝夜 Houraisan Kaguya) is the stage 1 boss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information pertaining to her role in this fangame will be noted here.
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|秽花「馥郁的地上界」||Impure Flower "Fragrant Surface World"||EIoS||St. 1: E/N|
|秽土「墨花吐芳」||Impure Land "Ink Flowers Emanating Fragrance"||EIoS||St. 1: H|
|秽土「箣花的桃源乡」||Impure Land "Shangri-La of Bamboo Flowers"||EIoS||St. 1: L|
|神宝「天星逆月」||Divine Treasure "The Moon Reflected in the Stars Above"||EIoS||St. 1: E/N|
|地球遗产「月光弹珠」||Earthly Relic "Moonlit Marble"||EIoS||St. 1: H/L|
|「青竹葳蕤 其势之盛」||"Lush Bamboo, Blossoming Fervently"||EIoS||St. 1: E/N|
|「竹花之辉 生之须臾」||"The Brilliance of Bamboo Flowers, A Mere Instant of Vibrance"||EIoS||St. 1: H/L|
姓名:蓬莱山 辉夜(ほうらいさん かぐや)
|Princess of the Eternal and Instantaneous
Name: Kaguya Houraisan
An old friend of ours, the Lunar Capital's princess who lives in the Bamboo Forest.
She seems to not really care about the matters on Earth, but deep down she quite likes the atmosphere in Gensokyo.
Like that, day by day, she lived a leisurely and contented eternal life.
After seeing the bamboo flower, she started to feel the incident this time wasn't so simple.
But even she didn't have any ideas on how to resolve the problem.
It would be better if everything naturally settled down without her doing anything.
At this time, people from outside the forest suddenly came over, seemingly viewing her as a suspect.
It wouldn't be bad to take this opportunity to send someone else to take of this.
With that thought, she proactively engaged in a spell card battle.
More Alternative Spellings
Performing divination as a medium
Emitsu Kaminazuki (神無月 絵光 Kaminazuki Emitsu) is the stage 2 midboss and boss.
She is an ungaikyo, a type of mirror youkai from Japanese Folklore that shows demons and monsters reflected in its surface.
|镜符「荧光折镜」||Mirror Sign "Fluorescent Mirror"||EIoS||St. 2: E/N|
|镜幻「四棱之境」||Mirror Illusion "Four-Sided Prism"||EIoS||St. 2: H|
|镜幻「六棱之境」||Mirror Illusion "Six-Sided Prism"||EIoS||St. 2: L|
|风符「名为潘多拉的祭司II」||Wind Sign "The Priestess Named Pandora (II)"||EIoS||St. 2: E/N|
|星辰「酒泉悬剑」||Star "The Sword Hanging Above the Fountain of Wine"||EIoS||St. 2: H|
|预兆「天狼星愚者之旅」||Omen "The Fool's Voyage to Sirius"||EIoS||St. 2: L|
|水符「湖之圣杯VII」||Water Sign "Holy Grail of the Lake (VII)"||EIoS||St. 2: E/N|
|伤符「倒吊人绞刑XII」||Wound Sign "The Hanged Man's Gallows (XII)"||EIoS||St. 2: H|
|火符「阿芙洛狄忒权杖X」||Fire Sign "Aphrodite's Sceptre (X)"||EIoS||St. 2: L|
|正位「光之迷路」||Upright "Maze of Light"||EIoS||St. 2: E/N|
|逆位「许德拉战车VII」||Reversed "Chariot of the Hydra (VII)"||EIoS||St. 2: H|
|逆位「转动命运之轮」||Reversed "Wheel of Turning Fates"||EIoS||St. 2: L|
|云外镜奥义「实数与虚数的境界」||Ungaikyo's Arcanum "Boundary of Real and Imaginary Numbers"||EIoS||St. 2: E/N|
|「神无月镜太郎的猎犬」||"The Hound of Kyotaro Kannazuki"||EIoS||St. 2: H|
|「通灵侦探的脚下埋着尸体」||"A Corpse is Buried Under the Mystic Detective's Feet"||EIoS||St. 2: L|
姓名:神无月 绘光（かみなづき えみつ/神無月 絵光）
|Medium Who Reveals the Future
Name: Emitsu Kaminazuki
She is a mirror tsukumogami. When people look at her, they will be able to see strange scenes.
In reality, contrary to common knowledge,
what she shows is not the one currently looking at the mirror,
but those who noticed her before.
Thousands of years in the past, before she had changed into this form,
as a beautiful and expensive hand mirror, she naturally was subject of nobles' delight.
Not only because her value was exceptional, but more because she was a valuable as a weapon during the changing of dynasties.
Because of this, even though she was always kept in palaces, she was still able to interact with all types of people.
All those living must meet their end, all those illustrious must decay
Like that, she witnessed the rise and fall of empires, and the birth and death of many clans.
She let herself experience their world,
turning it into her own experience.
This is the true power of an ungaikyo.
The so-called connecting of two worlds is simply this.
While things change, stars spin, time flows, and the dust of the past scatters away,
their world is still perfectly preserved in that precious treasure mirror.
As a foundation for learning, these fantastical shadows gave her an opportunity to be in the moment, helping her grow her knowledge
As such, she naturally acquired a powerful youkai art, stronger than most tsukumogami.
This power came completely from her brains, in other words, from the precious knowledge gained from many years of history.
This knowledge could even be described as on the same level as that of those who forcefully took things for themselves.
As such a special youkai
she knew perfectly well that "There is always estrangement between people".
So she started learning to spread insights in her own way, being a so-called "medium".
This time, she was also able to secretly draw some conclusions.
Because she was also afflicted, she decided to provide the resolvers of the incident their deserved assistance.
One week after the incident was resolved, she had become quite close to everyone, and received Reimu's invitation to use her status as a mirror to help Hata no Kokoro practice expressing herself.
Even though this is off-topic, but they should go together quite well, since they're both tsukumogami.
Mystery is Your Mirage
Hisoka Uroki (虚城 妃奏華 Uroki Hisoka) is the stage 4 boss.
|蜃楼「Fantastic Illusion（幻影水雾）」||Mirage "Fantastic Illusion (Illusory Mist)"||EIoS||St. 4: E/N|
|影符「天海激流」||Shadow Sign "Turbulence of the Sky and Sea"||EIoS||St. 4: H/L|
|幻符「Cloud Surfing（云海风涛）」||Illusion Sign "Cloud Surfing (Sea of Clouds' Stormy Waves)"||EIoS||St. 4: E/N|
|幻符「Mayhem Assault（恐惧突袭）」||Illusion Sign "Mayhem Assault (Frightening Ambush)"||EIoS||St. 4: H/L|
|幻术「Frenzy of Mactra（蛤蜊狂乱术）」||Illusion Art "Frenzy of Mactra (Clam Frenzy Art)"||EIoS||St. 4: E/N|
|幻术「Unknown Luminous Orb（不明夜光珠）」||Illusion Art "Unknown Luminous Orb"||EIoS||St. 4: H/L|
|「Transitory Marvel（过眼迷景）」||"Transitory Marvel"||EIoS||St. 4: E/N|
|「Miraculous Mirage（蜃气秘影）」||"Miraculous Mirage (Secret Shadow of the Mirage)"||EIoS||St. 4: H/L|
|「氤氲的九重楼阁」||"The Enshrouded Nine-Storied Pavilion"||EIoS||St. 4: E/N/H/L|
姓名:虚城 妃奏华（うろき ひそか/虚城 妃奏華）
|Illusionist of Hourai|
Name: Hisoka Uroki
She is a phantom youkai that enjoys solitude, always avoiding humans.
But as humans' range of activity has increased, she can no longer find an isolated-enough living space.
Thus, she started searching for partnership, from the hermits, celestials, and others who sought seclusion.
Even though this mountain already had a master, it was enough for her to be far away from humans.
Her strength comes from mystery, and a secluded environment would give her enough strength.
The hermits and celestials all hoped to distance themselves from mortals so they wouldn't be disturbed, so she used her power and hid the entire surrounding environment.
Once, someone ran into two children playing chess on the mountain, once they were finished and came down the mountain it had been one hundred years.
In reality, the mountain and children in this person's eyes were both false.
The real mountain had already been hidden by her, and the children were created by her from the imagination of humans who had never been on the mountain.
Those who barged their way into the mountain were trapped in secrecy, and the real celestials were never bothered by mortals.
At some unknown point in time, her job became to guard the secrecy of the Asama Shrine hidden deep in the mountain.
Although gods are said to need human faith, and thus cannot be too far from humans, but they still need a baseline distance between them and mortals.
The gods lived under her secrecy protection without being disturbed by the racket of modern cities, and she herself also had peace and quiet.
Just like that, one day several hundred years later...
She suddenly discovered that the shrine that she guarded, along with the surrounding mountain peaks, had entered an unfamiliar new world.
She thought of the Youkai Expansion Project from several hundred years ago, and knew that this was Gensokyo.
But it wasn't important to her where she was. Her job of protecting the secrecy of the shrine had not changed at all.
Today, after discovering intruders, she concealed the peak where she lived, using a false layer of clouds obscure everything.
But the people that came this timed were different. Not only did they see through the cloud layer, they also found her hiding inside.
They had even seen through her secret attacks, and within a few rounds she had been defeated. Only at this time did she realize that they were a team of a human and a youkai.
Her ability was extremely effective on humans, but youkai could see through these tricks.
Even though she felt frustrated from losing, but their objective was not to take over this place.
"There's nothing I can do, I'll just let them by",
She thought to comfort herself.
Announcing that spring has come
Lily White (リリーホワイト) is the stage 5 midboss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information pertaining to her role in this fangame will be noted here.
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|「迎春之舞」||"Spring-Welcoming Dance"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N/H/L|
More Alternative Spellings
Communicating to gods using divine dance
Inori Jinguuji (神宮寺 祈 JinguuJi Inori) is the stage 5 boss and Extra stage midboss.
|灵符「清洁仪式」||Spirit Sign "Ritual of Cleansing"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N|
|奇术「神代祈仪」||Conjuring "Prayer Ceremony of the Era of Gods"||EIoS||St. 5: H/L|
|里神乐「樱国扇舞」||Folk Kagura "Fan Dance of the Land of Sakura"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N|
|里神乐「樱国扇舞·祈」||Folk Kagura "Fan Dance of the Land of Sakura -Prayer-"||EIoS||St. 5: H/L|
|里神乐「出云剑舞·序」||Folk Kagura "Izumo Kenbu -Beginning-"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N|
|里神乐「出云剑舞·破」||Folk Kagura "Izumo Kenbu -Break-"||EIoS||St. 5: H|
|里神乐「出云剑舞·急」||Folk Kagura "Izumo Kenbu -Rapid-"||EIoS||St. 5: L|
|御神乐「琴歌神宴舞」||Imperial Kagura "Kinka Shin'en Dance"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N|
|御神乐「神樱花演舞」||Imperial Kagura "Divine Sakura Dance"||EIoS||St. 5: H/L|
|狂舞「樱神神乐」||Mad Dance "Kagura of the Sakura Goddess"||EIoS||St. 5: E/N/H/L|
|一之力「手玉玲珑」||First Power "Jade Bracelet's Clear Chime"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|二之力「涅槃不死」||Second Power "Nirvana Immortality"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|三之力「盈虚祝祷」||Third Power "Prayers of Abundance and Emptiness"||EIoS||St. Ex|
姓名:神宫寺 祈（じんぐうじ いのり/神宮寺 いのり）
|Shrine Maiden of the Country of Sakura
Name: Inori Jinguuji
She is the second daughter of the Jinguuji family.
Since she was little, she has trained to be a shrine maiden with her older sister, Kanade Jinguuji.
Because she was the second daughter, and her powers were not as strong as the eldest daughter,
everyone felt that the older sister was a better fit to take over the shrine, and paid lots of attention to her training. The younger sister, Inori, was quite satisfied with this leisurely life.
One day, the older sister suddenly said to her family, "I refuse to honor this kind of god any longer, so I can no longer serve my role as shrine maiden."
Before the elders could even recover from their surprise and anger, no trace of the older sister was left by the next day.
In this age of waning faith, it's common to see people refuse to take on these divine roles.
Even in the Jinguuji family that has honored the gods for centuries, many of the younger generation leave the family to take other jobs.
Because of this, and for the shrine's continued existence, Inori began to be seen as the shrine's successor.
With the older sister running away as an example, the elders were especially strict with Inori's training.
Not only were more expectations put on her than on her sister, the standard was also much higher
And if she showed even a bit of laziness, it was viewed as a sign of escape and she was admonished heavily.
No matter how much effort she gave, she received not one sentence of praise in return.
"I've always been worse than older sister, I can't do as well as she can"
Every night, she would curl up, cry, and think this to herself.
These days persisted until the kannushi of the shrine, Makoto Jinguuji, passed away.
From this day on, all of the Jinguuji family's younger people had left the shrine, and all the elders were no longer in the realm of living. She was the only one left.
She was very afraid after taking over the shrine, but as the days went by, and not many people came to worship, she calmed down quite a bit.
Gradually, she discovered that when she did not have to coordinate divine matters, she actually didn't despise the daily life of a shrine maiden, and actually felt it serene.
One day, with no worshippers as usual, she saw the god she honoured angrily returning to the shrine, taking the shrine's treasure offering, and flying away.
She couldn't even catch up to her to ask. While still stunned, the atmosphere surrounding the shrine suddenly changed.
The strange and wondrous sensation caused her to lose consciousness. In the gap between dreams and reality, she saw Gensokyo...
Manipulating glory and splendour
Shizuka Oukain (桜華院 静 Oukain Shizuka) is the stage 6 boss.
Shizuka is based on the goddess Konohana-Sakuyahime.
|时魔法「梦见花开」||Time Magic "Dream of Blooming Flowers"||EIoS||St. 6: E/N|
|时魔法「湛樱花海」||Time Magic "Deep Ocean of Sakura Flowers"||EIoS||St. 6: H/L|
|水魔法「雾气弥漫的喜雨泉」||Water Magic "Mist-Filled Spring of Welcome Rain"||EIoS||St. 6: E/N|
|大水魔法「龙之涌动的珍珠泉」||Great Water Magic "Pearl Spring of the Surging Dragon"||EIoS||St. 6: H/L|
|生符「浴火的诞生」||Life Sign "Birth Bathed in Fire"||EIoS||St. 6: E/N|
|灵符「生命力波动」||Spirit Sign "Life Force Undulation"||EIoS||St. 6: H/L|
|炎咲「富士山流火」||Scorching Bloom "Flowing Fire of Mount Fuji"||EIoS||St. 6: E/N|
|炎花「澎湃的浅间信仰」||Scorching Flower "Surging Asama Faith"||EIoS||St. 6: H/L|
|酒符「梅宫大社的天甜酒」||Sake Sign "Ama-no-Tamuzake of Umenomiya Shrine"||EIoS||St. 6: H/L|
|「双树花与黄粱梦」||"The Twinned Trees' Flowers and the Yellow Millet Dream"||EIoS||St. 6: E|
|「神魔流转」||"God and Demon in Eternal Flux"||EIoS||St. 6: N|
|「从三位之神阶」||"From the Third Rank of the Gods"||EIoS||St. 6: H|
|「从祗园精舍到诸行无常」||"From Jetavana to the Impermanence of All Things"||EIoS||St. 6: L|
姓名:樱华院 静（おうかいん しずか/桜華院 静）
|Sakura God of Transient Elegance
Name: Shizuka Oukain
Long ago, she was already an active and widely revered god, controlling the ability to make things illustrious.
Believers often prayed to her, hoping that their own families would be able to bloom and become illustrious like flowers.
She was enshrined an many shrines across Japan. The one that received the most attention, and the one that she lived in, was the shrine located on Mount Fuji.
But, this shrine not only housed this one god. Her older sister, Iwanagahime, was also worshipped by the people.
As two gods worshipped in the same shrine, their relationship was quite poor, frequently quarreling and conflicting.
One time in a war of words with her older sister, she smashed the peaks of Yatsugatake, because she couldn't allow there to be a mountain in the world taller than her own Mount Fuji.
Although her little heart of hubris was satisfied, her older sister thought this was too far, and angrily left Mount Fuji. She went to live on Yatsugatake, unwilling to be with her anymore.
After separating with her older sister, many eons passed. Humans entered an era where they no longer needed gods, and offerings to her gradually waned.
She started finding an exit plan, and decided to enter Gensokyo to collect faith.
Although she and her sister didn't get along, she still extended an invitation to go to Gensokyo together. But her older sister, for some reason, refused her offer.
She originally saw this as an opportunity to improve her relationship with her older sister, but didn't think that she was still the same, still so stubborn, spitting on her well-meaning offer.
She felt like she had embarrassed herself and felt very angry.
After returning to the shrine, she glanced at the Sakura Jade within the shrine, and an evil idea sparked in her heart.
"Steal older sister's divine power, and take over our formerly-shared miracles!"
The Sakura Jade honored within the shrine was a miracle she and her older sister had created in the past, and was also part of their power.
Yatsugatake was not far from Mount Fuji, and this distance did not inhibit Iwanagahime from using the divine power within the Sakura Jade.
And if she passed through the Great Barrier, she could possible sever the connection between the Sakura Jade and Iwanagahime, taking over all of its power.
She lifted the Sakura Jade, left the shrine without even bidding farewell to her own shrine maiden, and angrily flew to the Great Barrier.
She naïvely did not think the Sakura Jade would split in half as she passed through the barrier, the stone fragments transforming into sakura petals and fluttering away.
Seeing this after entering Gensokyo, she was stunned.
The remaining half of the Sakura Jade, the sea of clouds in front of her eyes, all emanated a familiar feeling.
An island in the sky, that was actually her own shrine, along with part of Mount Fuji, had all entered Gensokyo.
She had not expected any of this, but the chaos caused by her forceful breakthrough of the border of fantasy and reality did not just stop at this.
The half Sakura Jade in her hand was gradually transforming into fluttering sakura flowers, "impermanence", and drifting to the various locations of Gensokyo.
Hot, freshly-steeped black tea in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, became cold tea within seconds.
And the bronze bell and stone stele in the human village with thousands of years of history became fraught with rust and cracks.
Illustrious things in this world never last long, like the withering of sakura after the spring bloom, or the loneliness after awakening from a sweet dream.
And the diffusing "impermanence", only accelerated this cycle of illustriousness and decay.
The balance of "impermanence" and "permanence" in Gensokyo had been broken, and in order to quell the incident, the shrine maiden and others came to pay her a visit.
Seeing these citizens of Gensokyo, she hatched a plan...
- According to the developers, the boss fight against Marisa and Yuyuko in stage 3 is an allegory for Shizuka's plotline:
- The midboss spell Sorrowful Butterfly "Rise of Secularity, Decline of Faith" hints at Shizuka's declining faith before her move to Gensokyo.
- The Zhuangzi butterfly references in the first boss spell represents the blurring of boundaries between dreams and reality, alluding to her crossing the Great Hakurei Barrier.
- The second and third boss spells reference Shizuka's power of impermanence and Ei's power of permanence, respectively.
- Finally, Marisa's Last Spell visually references the Sakura Jade splitting in two at the start of the incident, and the halves eventually getting reunited at the end of the Extra stage.
Manipulating stillness and unchanging
Ei Iwabuchi (岩渊 永 Iwabuchi Ei) is the Extra stage boss.
Ei is based on the goddess Iwanagahime.
|祀符「薄命者垂怜」||Enshrinement Sign "Pity for Short, Unfortunate Lives"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|命符「木花移落的诅咒」||Life Sign "Curse of Flowers Withering Away"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|源符「信浓的山葵」||Source Sign "Wasabi of Shinano"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|姊神「凭依富士的信仰」||Elder Sister Goddess "Faith Dependent on Fuji"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|永苦「织姬渊的遗恨」||Eternal Suffering "Lingering Grudge of the Weaver Girl's Gorge"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|生符「侘向近道论」||Life Sign "Theory of a Shortcut to Wabi"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|变石「风雨千年，磐石亦转」||Changing Stone "Millennia of Wind and Rain Can Shift Even Boulders"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|时魔法「Exponential Entropy」||Time Magic "Exponential Entropy"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|「人生无常，柳枝何需惘」||"Man's Life is Ever-Flowing; Why is the Willow Branch Sorrowful?"||EIoS||St. Ex|
|石符「无拘无待的不二之神」||Stone Sign "Unbound and Unlingering Incomparable God"||EIoS||St. Ex|
姓名:岩渊 永（いわぶち えい）
|Stone God of Eternal Stillness
Name: Ei Iwabuchi
She is the older sister of Shizuka Oukain and a god that controls the power of permanence.
A simple explanation of this so-called permanence, is an unchanging power, one that never wanes with time.
Not many people know, eternal elegance can only be created when she and her younger sister use their divine powers together.
However, she loathed her impulsive and emotional little sister, and her little sister responded in kind.
Finally, one day, she could not stand her little sister's antics anymore, and left the mountain peak and shrine where they both lived.
Although to this day many shrines still honor them both together, but due to the wall between them, they could no longer create eternal elegance together.
There were no more followers, no more disorderly divine affairs, and no more annoying little sister.
Even though her faith was reduced, she fully enjoyed every day's unchanging silence and freedom.
From the day she and her little sister separated, many more years passed.
These years, she had not been busy collecting more faith and growing her power, unlike her little sister.
Instead, she had come into contact with some hermits with which she held similar interests.
And had also experienced many different cultures, including many things from Heaven and the mortal realm.
Time flowed by like water. One day, the little sister she hadn't in forever suddenly showed up, inviting her to a place called "Gensokyo" to collect faith.
She refused. Unlike her sister, she never cared about how many people had faith in her, nor about whether she was strong or weak.
She was chasing freedom, and had already agreed with other hermits to travel the world.
She was unwilling to circle herself into this tiny so-called "paradise".
After her little sister stormed off, she suddenly sensed that the miracle she created with her sister 100 years ago had been shattered.
As she expected, before long, half a stone had flown to her home.
She understood her little sister, understood her as much as she loathed her.
It must have been that her impulsive little sister tried to bring the Sakura Jade forcefully into Gensokyo, her goal perhaps being to take all of the miracle's power for herself.
But, the heavens would never allow her to take another god's power, so of course the Sakura Jade shattered.
Yet now this half of the Sakura Jade, to her was like a hot potato.
Although it still had useful energy, the edges were leaking out the power of permanence. This power of stopping would have disastrous consequences.
Snow built up on mountain peaks would not melt even in summer, rivers would no longer flow.
Perhaps after a few days, even the plants and animals and humans that lived nearby would cease to grow.
Her little sister had probably entered Gensokyo now. Thinking this, Ei became angry.
Seems like her travel plans could only be postponed.
Her little sister was still fighting with her, getting in her way, just like the many times in the past.
But several days later, when she saw a human and youkai protected by her sister's power appear before her,
she came to an understanding, and felt gratified for her little sister's growth, though it was a bit of a shame she wasn't more straightforward.
Although she could simply resolve the situation by giving them her half of the Sakura Jade, she still wanted to help her little sister. She didn't want her to receive the disdain of all of Gensokyo's citizens alone.
So she intentionally fought with those citizens, and to their bodies added the power of permanence
and at the same time cast a secret art on her half of the stone, to help her little sister resolve the incident.
"This should be enough, consider this my farewell gift
You'll certainly be able to live a good life in Gensokyo."
She thought, and stopped worrying, as all the gratitudes and grudges of the past evaporated like mist.
And like that, she left Japan to travel the world.
- ↑ Referring to the legend of Lanka. During the Qin Dynasty, a woodcutter named Wang Zhi saw two children playing Go while he was chopping wood on Mount Shishi, and stopped to watch them. After the game finished, Zhi had noticed that his axe handle had rotted away, and that over hundreds of years had passed since he left his village.