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People carried paper and other items in the sewn-together ends of their sleeves. Netsuke wouldn't be invented for another 500 or so years, so you wouldn't see the little lacquered purse boxes popular during the Edo period.
Inflation was a big problem, so clothing or rice was often used instead of cash. I guess that would have been harder to steal. And yep, i'm pretty sure there were still pickpockets
There are two ladies in pink kimonos. Pink-and-white is is Shoshi. She's the less-mean of the pair.
Neither of these romantic rivals are particularly good examples of Heian -era attractiveness. Heian men were supposed to be pale and plump, because as we know, standards of beauty don't change.
You can see a picture of Prince Genji, the ideal man of his time, here:
For a bonus, you can also see the Heian ideal of female beauty, a pile of gorgeous fabric with a lot of hair coming out the top.
The lady in the pink kimono is based on Sei Shonagon, whose poetic, opinionated, and bitchy diary is still in print today. For an introduction to Sei, I recommend
In case it's not clear what's happening- the bald guy has drawn his fist back to punch his friend with the bad moustache, and hit Juro on the backswing.
A colour scene from the upcoming chapter, with Juro wearing slightly more period-accurate costume than he does in the comic.
One of the downsides of using a limited colour scene is that I can't give these outfits the justice they deserve.
As this lady has a white robe on the base of her outfit, and only 4 or 5 layers of clothing rather than the proper 12, it's probably summertime.
The most unrealistic part of this story is not the ghosts, it's that I have people /running/ in these outfits.
Cliche anime trope! I kind like the final panel though...
This is the Gion Festival, which apparently started in 869 as a ritual to ward off plague and illness. It probably didn't look as cool as it does nowadays, but I wanted to put the floats in.
Why does a temple have a mural featuring characters from the world's first romance novel? Because Murasaki Shikibu allegedly started the novel while staying at the temple in August 1004. The mural is completely fictional but the temple does maintain a "Genji Room" featuring a life size figure of the author.
The temple mural is "inspired by" i.e. ripped off from Tale Of Genji manga covers by Waki Yamato, because I am a massive Genji geek and think I'm funny.
In case you were under the mistaken impression that this comic is historically accurate, this temple looks nothing like Ishiyama-dera. The gate is based on the Meiji Shrine.
Heian Kyo at this point in history was about 23 miles square, so technically /everywhere/ is near the temple. It's difficult to say how many people lived in Heian Kyo at this period but one estimate is about 150,000. To put this into perspective, this is more than the modern population of Norwich but less than the modern population of Stoke - On -Trent
Pay attention! You may be asked questions later!
Like many pre-modern cities, Heian Kyo was regularly devastated by fires. The popular way of heating rich people's mansions was carrying (or having one's servant carry) a brazier filled with live coals from room to room. Rooms that were floored with straw mats, walled with paper and notoriously draughty...
Inari shrines are pretty popular in Japan and are where people go to pray for prosperity, good harvests, and the fulfilment of wishes. So the not-so-subtle message is that the relationship might not be a total loss. Just in case you were worrying that this is the exception that proves the First Guy Wins rule
This encounter takes place in the Fushimi Inari shrine, which at least /existed/ at the time this story takes place, though it probably looked nothing like the modern-day version and is an hour and a half's brisk walk from the Imperial Palace.
I spent a lot of time brainstorming how to make this conversation work- in the end I decided to tell the truth in the most unflattering way possible. My beta's only comment on this page was "Burn!"
Juro's strategy of straight-out asking people whether they can help him with his problem would have been startlingly crass in the real-life Heian court.
Upper-class Heian women would have been inside hidden behind fans and screens during the day.This is a real challenge when writing a story! So let's pretend that this women are SO INCREDIBLY POSH that they don't have to worry about manners and can do what they like.