It was fun while it lasted, but it's time to put an end to the Kumozaru Project. Sorry to those who started enjoying it, I know I really was, but I've been informed that some people are frowning upon my activities.
I'm certainly not here to cause trouble. I didn't realize that Yoru no Kumozaru had English-language rights (by which someone merely owns them somewhere, not that there are any plans for it to be actually released, unfortunately), and I do believe that a translation is one's own intellectual property (that I simply wanted to share with some people on the internet! I'm innocent, I tell 'ya!), but again, I did this without looking into any of the rules of the game. It was just a fun project for me to help practice my Japanese and translation skills. Like I said, it was fun while it lasted, and my blog is going to look pretty empty from now on, but them's the breaks. I had just been going over some new content ideas for the site anyway, so Wednesday Afternoon Picnic will still go on, in one way or another. I hope those of you who started coming here will continue to do so. I do suggest that anyone studying Japanese and with an interest in Murakami should consider buying a copy of Yoru No Kumozaru for themselves so they can enjoy the stories that I've come to really love.