Tengo is staying in the small town of Chikura, the place he thinks of as “the cat town,” where his father’s sanatorium is located. He has arranged to take two weeks off from work so that he can make daily visits to his father, partly for his father’s sake and partly because he hopes to see the air chrysalis again. Fuka-Eri is back in Tengo's apartment in Tokyo, where he left her with two weeks’ worth of food and instructions not to open the front door to any visitor.
Chikura is a sleepy little town, and Tengo rather enjoys the quiet routine...
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