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Reads R to L (Japanese Style) T audience. Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns...
Nanami Momozono: Add a description of this character.
Kurama: A super-popular idol. The only information released to the public about him is that he's a fallen angel with black wings. He starts going to Nanami's school.
Narukami: She has a fiery personality and is hot-tempered. She is very proud and hates to lose. But she also hates to be alone. She's looking for a man who finds someone like her lovable.
Kome and Kotake: Shrine guardians pushed around by Narukami and always have a hard time, but they have given up because they believe their abilities are not enough to meet Narukami's demands. They're komainu, but they believe they're house dogs.
The Mikage shrine, awash in the drifting smell of early summer.
1. Chapter 7
2. Chapter 8 3. Chapter 9 4. Chapter 10 5. Chapter 11 6. Chapter 12 7. End Notes
Ayakashi: archaic term for yokai
Daikokuten: kami of wealth and one of the seven kami of good fortune
Inugami: dog spirits that can possess humans
Kami: Shinto deities or spirits. The word can be used for a range of creatures, from nature spirits to strong and dangerous gods.
Karasu tengu: crow spirits
Tengu: type of yokai
Kitsunebi: literally, "fox fire" and are the flames controlled by fox spirits
Komainu: pair of guardian statues placed at the gate of a shrine, usually carved of stone. Depending on the shrine, they can be lions, foxes or dogs
Mononoke: overall term for Japanese supernatural creatures and encompasses ghosts, spirits and demons
Nekomata: very old pet cats that turn into yokai. They are distinguished by their two tails
Raijin: kami of thunder and lightning
Shinshi: birds, beasts, insects or fish that have a special relationship with a kami
Tochigami: deities of a specific area of land
Jinushigami: deities of a specific area of land
Tsuriki: kami's power and becomes stronger the more it is used
Mallet of Good Luck: "Uchide-no-kozuchi";l will grant your wish when you swing it
Onibi-warashi: like will-o'-wisps
Yokai: demons, monsters or goblins
-dono: roughly means "my lord," although not in the aristocratic sense
-sama: used with people of much higher rank
First year: First year in Japanese high school corresponds to 10th grade in American high school
30,000 yen: around $330
Yukichi Fukuzawa: founder of Keio University and is on the 10,000 yen bill
Mount Kurama: sacred mountain in Kyoto and the birthplace of the Reiki philosophy. In folklore it is the home of the tengu king Sojobo
Yakitori: skewers of grilled chicken
Yoshino kudzu: highest quality kudzu starch. Kudzu starch is considered a health food, good for the heart and general vitality
Sesame tofu: tofu made of sesame seed paste instead of soybeans
Sasamochi: Mochi wrapped in sasa
Mochi: sticky rice cakes
Sasa: bamboo leaves
Kashiwamochi: mochi wrapped in kashiwa
Kashiwa: oak leaves
Ryoko Fukuyama: creator of the manga Monochrome Shonenshojo
Neapolitan spaghetti: spaghetti served with ketchup as the sauce Show all 34 glossary entries
Reading Level: Young Adults
KAMISAMA KISS is rated T for Teen and is recommended for ages 13 and up. This volume contains fantasy violence.
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