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'Here they come, my two intrepid explorers.

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'Charlotte and Lokesh.

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'I'm their great aunt Lizzie, you see,

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'and I wonder which one is coming to see me today.

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'Ah! So it's Charlotte.'

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-Hello, Charlotte!

-Hello, Great Aunt Lizzie.

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'Once upon a time, I travelled the world, discovering treasures

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'from long ago and far away, and no end of stories to remind me.

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'But my most precious possession of all

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'is my extraordinary collection of tea cups.'

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Here we are.

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Your time to count the clouds. Let's have a nice cup of tea and a story.

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But first we need the tea cup.

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But which one?

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That one.

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Ah! The Japanese Imp Netsuke.

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What a marvellous little work of art.

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With a wonderful story to tell, too!

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Something wrong, Charlotte?

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Is there anything you can do to fix this, Great Aunt Lizzie?

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Well, we can give it a go, can't we?

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But first, shall I tell you this story?

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Charlotte And The Adventure Of The Groom's Netsuke.

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Yes, please.

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It all began long, long ago,

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in a far-off land named Japan,

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where temples jostled with cherry blossom trees

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between the snow-capped mountains.

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After journeying for days, Charlotte came to a little town.

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She was hoping to find a place to sit down for a bit

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when she spotted a beautiful hairpin

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lying in the street.

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It was a very elegant hairpin.

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Whoever lost it must be searching everywhere for it.

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Just then, a few feet away she spotted a coin.

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Could the coin belong to the same person who lost the hairpin?

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Then she spotted another coin, and another!

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Charlotte followed the mysterious trail of coins, little brush

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and a small note which led to the door of the tailor's workshop.

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So, are you excited about tonight, Katsuyori?

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Why? What is happening tonight?

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You're getting married tonight!

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Oh, yes, of course. Sorry.

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I keep forgetting everything.

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Just don't forget to turn up to your wedding and you'll be fine.

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I am in charge of so many things.

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The food, the music, the guests!

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I had to prepare a list of all the things I needed to do.

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Oh, I need to add one more thing.

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-Oh! Noritada, I have lost my to-do list!

-Then write a new one.

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Whoa! I've lost Yuki's special wedding hairpin, too!

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-I-I can't get married without it!

-Where did you last see it?

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In my kimono sleeve. What a disaster!

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We will find it, don't worry.

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Excuse me. Is this yours?

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Yes! Oh, thank you so much! You saved me.

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-Where did you find it?

-Outside, on the ground. I found all this, too.

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My to-do list. And my comb!

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I must have dropped it on the way here.

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What do you think you're doing?

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Trying to find a place to put it all in my new wedding outfit.

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Oh, no, you are not. I will not have you ruining my lovely work.

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It will destroy the shape, and anyway,

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you'll lose it all again if you put it in your sleeve.

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-So where can I put it?

-You need a small purse.

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I might have something for you.

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-Here. You can borrow this one.

-Thank you. Thank you so much.

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But I'm afraid I haven't got a netsuke to fix it in place.

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Without one, your purse will just fall off again.

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See? And, as it is your wedding day today, you will need a special one.

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Where can I find a netsuke?

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Would you be kind enough to go to Old Babba just around

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the corner and ask for a netsuke?

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-Tell her it is for him, Katsuyori Nakajima.

-I'll be as quick as I can.

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Excuse me. I'm here to...

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No! Don't tell me.

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I know exactly what you're here for.

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You are here to...

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-..buy some cards.

-No.

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Sell some cards?

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-No.

-Paint some cards?

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So what are you here for, then?

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Come on! We haven't got all day!

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-Katsuyori Nakajima sent me.

-Ah!

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-So he needs some cards, then.

-No.

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He's getting married tonight

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and he needs a special netsuke for his purse.

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Let's see.

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'So Charlotte watched as Old Babba shuffled

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'a deck of cards and laid them on the ground.'

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Interesting.

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'She seemed to be trying to learn something from them.'

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Ah!

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Just as I thought.

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He will need the imp netsuke.

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This will bring him great luck and prosperity.

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Excellent!

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-What are you waiting for?

-The imp netsuke.

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Do I look like a netsuke maker?

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You need to go to Michimoto. He makes netsukes.

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Where can I find him?

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Up in the mountain.

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Tell him Old Babba sent you.

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'Oh, my! What was Charlotte to do?'

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Old Babba's very tired.

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'It was already lunchtime,

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'and it was an awfully long way up the mountains to the netsuke maker.'

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Goodbye.

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'Charlotte had never reckoned with that.'

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-Bit fiddly, Charlotte, but we'll get there.

-What's an imp?

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Like an imp netsuke, you mean?

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Just a cheery little man.

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Old Babba thought it would remind Katsuyori to enjoy his wedding day

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-and not to worry so much.

-He certainly was worrying a lot.

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And if he saw the little imp netsuke, he'd calm down.

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He needed it to hold his purse, too.

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Otherwise, he might lose everything again,

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and then he really would have something to worry about.

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And, it has to be the imp netsuke,

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no matter how far up the mountain it is.

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I think you're absolutely right.

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She couldn't go back to Katsuyori without it, now, could she?

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Off went Charlotte in her hat, bag and boots...

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..deep into the forest...

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..and up and up the mountain.

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When she was almost out of breath, the path ran out!

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There was only way to get to the bottom.

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Charlotte took a deep breath.

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At last, Charlotte made it to the mountain top.

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But there was no time to admire the view.

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Charlotte had to get that netsuke.

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Among the peaks and rocks, she found a rickety hut,

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where a young woman was polishing a little statue.

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Wow!

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-It's very beautiful.

-Thank you. It's an imp netsuke.

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That's exactly what I need.

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Well, this is your lucky day, then.

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Charlotte looked carefully at the exquisitely carved figure.

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It was of a cheery looking man holding a fan.

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Is it ready?

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Not quite. We still need to make the hole for the cord.

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-You will have to wait for Michimoto.

-I really need it for tonight.

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It's for Katsuyori's wedding.

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But I'm only his apprentice. I can't do it by myself.

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I've only done it with Michimoto standing next to me to guide me.

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'What a pickle!

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'If only the apprentice had the confidence to do it

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'without Michimoto by her side.'

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You want to be a netsuke maker one day, right?

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And you said you've done it before.

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Perhaps you can imagine Michimoto is standing right next to you.

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OK. I'll try.

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SHE SIGHS

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I did it!

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Thank you for encouraging me.

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Send my congratulations to Katsuyori on his wedding day.

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I will. Thank you.

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Back came Charlotte,

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down the hills,

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and along the twisting dirt tracks.

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Just in time.

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-Did you get one?

-I did.

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An imp netsuke! Very nice.

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This is so beautiful. Oh, thank you so much.

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Old Babba said it will bring you good luck and prosperity.

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Excellent. And that's the last thing on my to-do list checked.

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-Who wants some tea?

-Are you sure you haven't forgotten anything?

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Eh? No. All done.

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What about going to your wedding ceremony?

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-Right. When is it?

-Now!

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-Oh! I think I'd better go, then.

-May I?

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Thanks again for everything.

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So, that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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The story of Charlotte And The Groom's Netsuke.

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It was lucky Charlotte made it on time for the wedding.

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It was, and it was a beautiful wedding.

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And Katsuyori didn't forget anything.

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Well, when he was supposed to give Yuki a special wedding hairpin,

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he accidentally gave her his to-do list instead!

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That's what it's like when you're nervous.

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The netsuke assistant was a bit nervous, too.

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Yes, but Charlotte helped her overcome it.

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-And you mended my pendant. Thank you.

-You're welcome, Charlotte.

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Oh, my, is that really the time? Your mum'll be here in a minute.

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Now, how did that get there?

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Home time, Charlotte.

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Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie.

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-Cheeribye, Charlotte.

-Bye!

-Bye!

-Bye!

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Subtitles by Ericsson

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Groom's Netsuke. A groom prepares for his wedding ceremony, but keeps losing all the things he needs for his big day. The tailor has a solution - a sagemono - but he doesn't have a netsuke. It leads Charlotte on an epic quest in search of a special Imp Netsuke, to keep everything safe and bring the groom good luck.


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