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Free Coupon to Celebrate Chinese New Year

February 8, 2013

To celebrate Chinese New Year I am offering a free coupon for downloading my Japanese novella Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave from http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/241485. Simply enter code QZ77D (not case-sensitive) prior to completing checkout. The coupon is valid until 15th February 2013.
Below is an excerpt from the book which takes place at New Year:

The clacking together of two wooden blocks announced the start of the ceremony. Everyone gathered around the natural rock spring which acted as a temizuya where worshippers purified themselves before advancing to the shrine. Joben poured water over Akemi Roshi’s hands, then Yasashiku passed him a wooden ladle to rinse his mouth. The ritual was performed with the intention of cleansing the mind and body.

Akemi Roshi had already spent the three days prior to the full moon cleansing and preparing himself. He had gone into seclusion, taking frequent baths and eating only certain foods while concentrating on religious matters. Resplendent in a black sefuku, the formal costume of a Shinto priest, he led the procession through the avenue of cherry trees bedecked with zigzag paper shide which rustled like ghost leaves as the worshippers passed by.

On the simple outdoor altar, Akemi Roshi made offerings of rice, sake and seaweed to Amateratsu. He clapped his hands twice and made a deep bow which he held during the recitation,
‘We have prepared the way with much fasting and prayer to subject our body to the will of our Spirit to draw notice to the kami Divine that they might attend our words and bestow their favour and rain down their blessings …’

To find out what happened next, use the free coupon (code QZ77D) to download a copy from http://www.smashwords.com and celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend with this young adult story written in the style of a Quick Read.
Happy New Year!

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