Vibrancy x Vibrancy

With a 10,000 yen research grant in one hand and an empty notebook in the other, laidback Tokyo college student Shun Shunsuke embarks on the project of a lifetime - a travelogue contest hosted by backwater Yoshiaki Prefecture. For one hot August, he'll traverse the region, exploring vibrant cities and the colorful countryside, encountering fun and perplexing citizens and denizens along the way. The most interesting one of them is all Shizuko, his quiet tour guide who sees the world far differently than Shunsuke does.

For one month, the two will learn about themselves, each other, and the wider world around them. From bars to inns, from rival writers to ambitious actors, from ancient myths to urban legends, Shunsuke and Shizuko will see them all. And when you spend this amount of time with a person, open up to them, learn how they experience and interpret life - just as summer ends, perhaps something new will start between them.

[Present-Day - Chance Encounter]

Cover is from a Japanese firework catalogue published in 1883 taken from the Public Domain Review and edited in Canva.

[Present-Day - Chance Encounter]

Cover is from a Japanese firework catalogue published in 1883 taken from the Public Domain Review and edited in Canva.

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Chapter 1: "Shunsuke of Tokyo"
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Chapter 2: "Pilgrim at Yoshiaki Prefecture"
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Chapter 3: "Executive Order"
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Chapter 4: "Boulevard of Vanilla Dreams"
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Chapter 5: "Mabuchi Movement"
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Chapter 6: "Kenji Kanon"
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Chapter 7: "Painted Black"
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Chapter 8: "Tsukamoto Tsimmes"
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Chapter 9: "A Yoshiaki Childhood"
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Chapter 10: "Empathy for the Devil"
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Chapter 11: "Midnights Like This"
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Chapter 12: "S.O.G."
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Chapter 13: "Fortunate Run"
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Chapter 14: "Teaching a Shizuko to Talk"
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Chapter 15: "Thin Moon Rising"
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Chapter 16: "When She Comes Around"
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Chapter 17: "Hoshinomori Hospitality"
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Chapter 18: "The Defector"
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Chapter 19: "Numbers"
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Chapter 20: "We Have to Get Out of This Place"
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Chapter 21: "Give Me Laughing Gas"
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Chapter 22: "Give Me Shelter"
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Chapter 23: "The Long View"
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Chapter 24: "Shizuko Don't Surf"
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Chapter 25: "Soga Syndrome"
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Chapter 26: "Screen Over Troubled Water"
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Chapter 27: "Honky Tonk Woman"
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Chapter 28: "Crash Site"
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Chapter 29: "Payback"
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Chapter 30: "Little Saint Yuka"
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Chapter 31: "The Eve of Destruction"
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Chapter 32: "Somebocchi to Love"
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Chapter 33: "Don't Let Her Be Misunderstood"
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Chapter 34: "Brown Haired Girl"
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Chapter 35: "The Riders on the Storm"
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Chapter 36: "All Along the School Rooftop"
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Chapter 37: "Wonderful Girl"
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Chapter 38: "Your Father's Rage"
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Chapter 39: "Your Mother's Love"
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Chapter 40: "The Things We Carried"
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Chapter 41: "Mailbomb"
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Chapter 42: "Wake Me Up When August Ends"
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Chapter 43: "I Saw Them Standing There"
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Chapter 44: "Rebirth"
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Chapter 45: "Revelations"
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Chapter 46: "Redemption"
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Chapter 47: "Purple Days"
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Chapter 48: "Coming Home"
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Chapter 49: "Rolling Thunder, Rock and Rolling"
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Chapter 50: "Shizuko of Yoshiaki"
Author
GenreComedyDramaRomanceSlice of Life
UpdatedAug 30, 2023
Chapters50
Writing StatusFinished
Word Count73,107
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