The Wedding of the Fox

Can love really conquer all?

When a young couple visits Fujiki seeking help with a problem in their relationship, he immediately senses that there is more to the story than they are letting on. Can he and newly-minted assistant Sayaka discover the truth and help them — before it's too late?

In this thrilling second installment of the "Fujiki Consulting Services" series, meet characters new and old from the Japanese mythological universe — gods and gremlins, shapeshifters and spirits — and the humans they interact with.

While this story follows smoothly from the first case, it is also self-contained enough that new readers can start here if they wish. The fantasy subject matter might make this story feel challenging in certain places, but as always, our friendly notes help break down the tricky parts. (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.)

(Ongoing, 84 episodes)

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Episode 1
Siblings Suzu and Haku play under the watchful eye of their mother.
Notes: This episode contains a note that explains how to understand nanika when it doesn't seem to be behaving as a noun, a note on the difference between two kanji for "shadow," and more.
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Episode 2
A stunned Suzu and Haku watch the man.
Notes: This episode contains notes on several important patterns, including one that means "I'll do this action and show you!", a use of mazu that means "almost certainly," and a long discussion of e to.
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Episode 3
Haruaki enjoys a relaxing morning at his favorite coffee shop.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "so-called," one on two different readings for the word for the educational rank of "doctor," and more.
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Episode 4
Haruaki's attention is captured by something outside.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a phrase that means "for (such-and-such)," as in "He's pretty strong for a kid," one on the use of katakana for animal names, and more.
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Episode 5
The man attempts to help the fox.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that visualizes progress as motion, one that analysis a sentence that seems to have no subject, and more.
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Episode 6
Suzu finds herself in a desperate situation.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of the sureba suru hodo pattern, a note on two uses of nante, and more.
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Episode 7
The man does something unexpected.
Notes: This episodes includes a note on a special use of -nagara, one on an expression that literally means "even if if only a little," and more.
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Episode 8
The narrator provides some background on Suzu's community.
Notes: This episode contains a note on two versions of the word for "everyone," one on the use of the -zu negative to connect two phrases, and more.
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Episode 9
The narrator explains a special ability of the White Fox Tribe.
Notes: This episode contains a note that breaks down a three-sentence passage containing multiple cause-effect relationships.
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Episode 10
The narrator introduces us to the leader of the White Fox Tribe.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a historically common suffix for male given names.
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Episode 11
Suzu attempts to learn more about the human.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a pattern that means something nearly happened, plus one that allows you to describe mixed feelings, and more.
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Episode 12
Yuzu makes a surprising observation.
Notes: This episode contains notes that break down several sentences and phrases that illustrate important concepts.
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Episode 13
Yuzu offers her thoughts on the man who helped Suzu.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary such as "the person who saved your life" and "a weight on the chest."
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Episode 14
Suzu brings an excited and nervous Yuzu to her usual spot.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a suffix used to express exasperation, one on a pattern to say you found something you were looking for, and more.
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Episode 15
Suzu learns her actions have been noticed.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a use of the word damaru, "to be silent," as well as one on two "heated questions."
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Episode 16
Suzu and Haku argue.
Notes: This episode contains lots of great examples of heated Japanese.
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Episode 17
Suzu feels a connection.
Notes: This episode contains a note that describes how to build a sentence like "I ate too quickly," one on the word warau, and more.
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Episode 18
Suzu makes a momentous decision.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the particle mon/mono, one on a word for "warmth," and more.
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Episode 19
Sayaka asks Fujiki about his powers.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the word wake, one on use of shumi to mean "taste," and more.
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Episode 20
Fujiki gets to know his new clients.
Notes: This episode considers the difference between expressions meaning "in an instant" and "for an instant," a note that reviews how to use onegai shimasu, and more.
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Episode 21
The couple explains in more detail what they are seeking.
Notes: This episode contains two notes breaking down tricky sentences, one on a use of naru to mean that a total "comes out to" a certain amount, and more.
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Episode 22
Fujiki gives his impressions to a surprised Haruaki.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a simple pattern that means to act, serve, or work in a particular role, one on an expression that means "to be flexible," and more.
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Episode 23
Suzu takes her turn being examined by Fujiki.
Notes: This example contains a note on two verbs that mean "float" but can figuratively refer to a thought coming to the surface or putting an expression on a face, and more.
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Episode 24
Fujiki encourages his clients.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "nothing you could point to," a pattern that means "to behave in a way that seems (adjective)," and more.
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Episode 25
Fujiki notes one item of concern.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means at its core "to sandwich," one on a pattern that literally breaks down as "if there is X, there is also Y," and more.
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Episode 26
Suzu seeks to verify an intuition.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the suffix -komu, one on a special word for "who," and more.
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Episode 27
Suzu learns more about Fujiki.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "fellow (students, teachers, etc.)," one on a special use of the word toki to mean "a hypothetical case," and more.
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Episode 28
Fujiki confronts Sayaka about listening in on his conversation.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern for announcing an intention (often to oneself), and an explanation of a potentially confusing sentence, and more.
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Episode 29
Fujiki gives Sayaka more information about his background.
Notes: This episode contains a note on using sono hen to mean "that topic," one on using tokoro to give a basic, rough explanation of something, and more.
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Episode 30
Fujiki explains how kishin fit into the kami hierarchy.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means that two people don't get along, one about viewpoint in the story, and more.
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Episode 31
Sayaka drills in on Fujiki's powers.
Notes: This episode contains a note that breaks down a phrase in which a verb is pulled apart into two halves.
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Episode 32
Fujiki breaks down his abilities in more detail.
Notes: This episode contains a note explaining the use of da at an unexpected location, and more.
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Episode 33
Sayaka and Fujiki continue their discussion.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "there's no way," one on a word that means "to withstand," and more.
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Episode 34
Sayaka gets information out of a teasing Fujiki.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the suffix -gai that you might know from ikigai, a breakdown of a playful exchange, and more.
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Episode 35
Fujiki gives Sayaka more background, as Sayaka puts it all together with a food-based analogy.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means things are sometimes that way, and more.
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Episode 36
Fujiki and Sayaka wrap up their discussion. Haruaki and Suzu make a discovery.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "taking X as an opportunity," one on a word that means " by coincidence," and more.
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Episode 37
Haruaki is surprised by something while unpacking.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a simple pattern that means "nice and...," one that covers two different ways of using an expression that means "to take a liking to," and more.
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Episode 38
Haruaki's revelation shocks Suzu.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the expression nan to naku, one on a word that refers to a quick, reflexive action, and more.
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Episode 39
Suzu struggles to make sense of things.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that literally means "to chase down," one on a special reading of a common word, and more.
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Episode 40
At her wits' end, Suzu considers a drastic solution.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the word isso, as well as one on a pattern that means that things work out so that it is not necessary to do the verb.
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Episode 41
Suzu seeks advice from a familiar place.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special use of a familiar word, a detailed breakdown of a sentence, and more.
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Episode 42
Suzu arrives at Yuzu's house.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "even if you call it X..."
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Episode 43
Suzu finds a listening ear in her friend Yuzu.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "to do all the way," one on a pattern that focuses on the resulting state of an action, and more.
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Episode 44
Suzu grapples with contradictory emotions as Yuzu comforts her.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two "flag words" -- words that give a heads-up that a certain kind of ending is coming.
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Episode 45
Yuzu comes up with an idea that might help.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a verb that means "to say and cause to listen," one on a suffix that means the dislike of a given noun, and more.
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Episode 46
Suzu puts Yuzu's suggestion into action.
Notes: This episode contains a note about using the -te kureru pattern with inanimate objects, a breakdown of a pretty sentence, and more.
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Episode 47
Suzu explains her fears to Fujiki, who examines the pendant.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "to state the conclusion first," one on a phrase that literally means "one time through," and one on a humble word that can mean to hear, to listen, or to visit.
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Episode 48
Fujiki shares what he saw about the events of that day.
Notes: This episode contains a note about an expression that means "Listen up! Important information coming," one on a word that means "a mis-intuition," and more.
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Episode 49
Suzu processes what she has learned.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the exclamation sonna! and one that breaks down an expression that means "to go around a curve."
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Episode 50
Suzu continues to get a fuller picture of that fateful day as Fujiki offers reassurance.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that is an intensified version of sugoi and one that means "pitiable."
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Episode 51
Suzu describes how her secret has weighed on her.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how the word mono can refer to intangible things, a pattern that means "to the point of...; even if it means...," and more.
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Episode 52
Fujiki shares some parting words of encouragement.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "a general tendency of the world," one that means "it is not necessarily the case that...," and more.
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Episode 53
As he bids goodbye to a recharged Suzu, Fujiki notices something.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "to be lured/tempted" into doing something, one on a word that means "to feel shy/bashful," and more.
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Episode 54
Haruaki starts his commute home to a waiting Suzu.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "before one's eyes" and one on an expression that means "to stroke down one's chest (with relief)."
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Episode 55
Haruaki continues toward home.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the word uchi, one that breaks down part of a sentence, and more.
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Episode 56
Haruaki struggles to get home.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "only at times like this," one that breaks down a musing by Haruaki, and more.
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Episode 57
Haruaki's finally finds his way home.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "to put (feelings, etc.) into words," one on a suffix that means the verb happens in an extreme way, and more.
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Episode 58
Haruaki grows more concerned about Suzu.
Notes: This episode contains notes an expression that means "one size (larger, smaller, etc.)," a verb that can figuratively mean "to emerge (from a hidden location)," and more.
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Episode 59
Haruaki confronts the wolf.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern for describing an action that happens in small numbers ("ones and twos"), one on an alternative way to contract -te shimau, and more.
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Episode 60
Haruaki frantically resists the wolf.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a suffix that means "(noun) and all," an explanation of a phrase that means "on the several-th time," and more.
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Episode 61
The fight takes a critical turn.
Notes: This episode contains a note about the suffix -au, one about a word that means "to illuminate and pull out (against a dark background)," and more.
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Episode 62
The flames reveal an unexpected participant in the fight.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "to get out of the way," one on the difference between two verbs that mean "to protect," and more.
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Episode 63
The situation becomes dire.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "to approach," one that means "to accept; to resign oneself (to a bad outcome," and more.
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Episode 64
Suzu is aided by two familiar faces.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "before one's very eyes," and a compound verb composed of two verbs that both mean "to burn."
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Episode 65
Suzu and the others discuss next steps.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the difference between two ancient negative forms, as well as a reminder about the tokoro that means "a scene."
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Episode 66
Suzu parts ways with Fujiki for now.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a funny-looking expression that means "to feel awkward or uncomfortable," one on a word that means "anew; afresh," and more.
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Episode 67
Fujiki breaks down the night's events to a sulky Haku.
Notes: This episode contains a note on two different words that are written with exactly the same kanji, one on a funny way to use sasuga, and more.
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Episode 68
Fujiki reveals more about what he saw.
Notes: This episode contains a note on two ways that darou can be collapsed into the preceding word.
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Episode 69
Haku protests that he knows what he heard.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a dialect version of the ikenai that means "it won't do," and a note that breaks down a series of order reversals.
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Episode 70
Choubei reasons with Haku.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that uses "What are you going to do?" in a rhetorical / accusatory way, and more.
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Episode 71
The narrator relates how Fujiki was able to track down the fox village.
Notes: This episode contains a long note on an expression that means "as could be expected given the foregoing."
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Episode 72
Fujiki thanks a new youkai for his help.
Notes: This episode contains a paragraph that quickly relates an entire day's worth of events, involving six different actors. Notes allow you to quiz yourself and make sure you're following along.
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Episode 73
Fujiki explains how he knew to bring along Rain Boy.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a use of the word gurai to mean something small or trivial.
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Episode 74
Fujiki explains more about his divination technique.
Notes: This episode is replete with notes, including one that compares five instances of もん・もの, one that looks at an expression that means "a rotten relationship," and more.
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Episode 75
The group begins preparations to return home.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to speak of conveying someone's regards, one on the word よほど, and more.
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