Starting date: December 10th
Finishing date: December 16th
Characters in This Chapter
- キキ - a young witch
- コキリ - Kiki’s mother (a witch)
- オキノ - Kiki’s father (non-magical)
Ch 1 Summary
Ch 1. The beginning of the story (provided by @kteale)
At first glance a small town appears ordinary, but on closer inspection there are things which are not so ordinary. For one, there are silver bells hanging at the top of tall trees which ring when a girl named Kiki catches them with her feet. Looking into Kiki’s house, which has a sign advertising medicine for sneezing, we find an unusual decoration: two wooden brooms hanging on a wall.
From the living room we hear the voices of Kiki in conversation with her mother Kokiri, a witch, and her father Okino, who researches folklore. Kokiri is anxious that Kiki decide on a departure date, following a tradition in which young witches leave home at age 13, find a town without any witches to live in, and make their own way in the world. This important tradition ensures the continued survival of witches in modern times, despite their dwindling numbers and weakened powers of witchcraft.
Since Kiki decided she wanted to become a witch three years earlier, Kokiri has taught how her to grow medicinal herbs and make sneezing medicine, and how to fly. Kiki can fly well but is easily distracted and bumps into things, hence Kokiri’s installation of bells in the treetops. However, Kiki shows little aptitude for herbal medicine.
Kiki has grown up with a small black cat named Jiji, and they share a special ability to communicate.
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