Utsukushii Koto

Of Beauty
by Narise Konohara

Matsuoka is hooked on wearing his ex-girlfriend’s clothes and going for nighttime walks into town, feeling the pleasure of being stared at by men wherever he goes. One night, after he is assaulted by a man during a one-off encounter, he is saved by Hirosue, a nondescript senior worker from his company. Drawn to Hirosue’s innocent, pure love, Matsuoka continues to meet with Hirosue dressed as a woman, until Hirosue finally confesses to him. Narise Konohara’s pinnacle of achievement portrays the pain and beauty of unrequited love, and has also been adapted to a theatrical play.
(From the back cover)

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Volume 1 Of Beauty / Utsukushii koto 美しいこと
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,
Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9
Side Story Watch / Tokei -chapter 1- 時計
Volume 2 Of Tenderness / Itoshii koto 愛しいこと
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9
Booklet Of Love / Aisuru koto 愛すること
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Side Story Watch / Tokei -chapter 2- 時計


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Publication Information

2007 Of Beauty / Utsukushii koto Vol. 1 (Holly Novels)
-Of Beauty (a)
2008 Of Beauty / Utsukushii koto Vol. 2 (Holly Novels)
-Of Beauty (b)
-Of Tenderness
2008 Of Love / Aisuru koto (Holly Novels booklet)
Originally a mail-order booklet for buyers of the Holly Novels edition of Of Beauty Volume 2. Now for sale as an e-booklet.
2009 Watch / Tokei -chapter 1-
Watch / Tokei -chapter 2-
Very short stories included in the booklets of volumes 1 and 2 of the drama CDs, respectively.
2013 Of Beauty / Utsukushii koto (Kodansha)
A reprint edition.
-Of Beauty (a)
-Of Beauty (b)