Can someone explain to me the ticket they bought, as shown on page 121? It should look something like this:
Which is to say, where the ticket in the book reads 池袋, it should be their origin station, and where it ways １７０円区間, it should say 530, what they paid. Instead, their origin station and the 530 are squished up the top, and they apparently have a ticket to travel from Ikebukuro to the 170-yen area. Unless they bough some kinda two-stage ticket (and indeed, they do change to the JR lines at Ikebukuro), except that’s not reflected at all in the dialogue on the previous page.
Also, while we’re at it, there’s no station on the Seibu network named 紫陽花. Or, indeed, anywhere in Japan. Such lies! Also, near as I can tell, there’s no station on the Seibu lines out of Ikebukuro that currently costs 530 yen to get from, but Koma in Saitama costs 540, so maybe that was just changed in last year’s sales tax increase. Or maybe the 170 is included in the 530, and the Seibu trip only costs 360…
… Which, come to think of it, may be exactly what’s going on: he’s instructed Yotsuba to buy a ticket that costs more than is required to reach any station on the line, so the machine automatically issues the extra amount as a ticket that can be spent on other lines. Like JR.
I’ve… never actually bought a Seibu ticket. I used my Suica card when I rode on it last year. If only there were someone in this thread who just so happened to live near the Seibu Ikebukuro line…
Anyway, Yotsuba in the bobble hat is so cute that it should be illegal.
Last panel of page 121: “If you let go my hand, it’s all over.” Immediate next panel on the following page: Lets go his hand.
Gasp. There’s a typo on page 125 - it says お出口 instead of オレンジ.
Page 127, a whole station full of people are suddenly questioning their entire lifestyle.
Page 132-4, poor Yotsuba. Actually, on my first trip to Japan, I made a similar mistake - didn’t realise the Shinkansen tickets they give you when you make a booking with the JR Pass weren’t meant to be fed through the machines, except I walk so fast that I was through the gates before the barrier closed. Though, I’m pretty sure I didn’t accidentally hold a stranger’s hand afterwards.