As we enter into these cooler days of autumn, I trust that you and your family are well and prosperous. Cutting straight to the chase, you're no doubt aware that our institute for learning, since its founding several years prior, has been greatly hindered in its mission by a small number of unscrupulous men. I, your humble servant Shinsuke, fully attribute this situation to my own personal shortcomings. I accept all responsibility for this course of events and now, after much soul searching and lengthy endeavor, have finally arrived at a means of setting things right, while also funding construction of a building worthy of my vision for our institute. I've taken it upon myself to compile a volume of work titled "Insights into the Lesser-Known Arts of Needlework." Through long years of study, and through great effort to distill these arts to their essence, I've poured my heart and soul into the writing of this work. Accordingly, I hope to sell this work, offered at cost-to-publish plus a modest margin, into every household far and wide. Doing so not only serves to advance the knowledge of these arts but also brings in funds for the construction of our new building. I entreat you, therefore, with greatest humility, to purchase a copy of "Insights into the Lesser-Known Arts of Needlework" without delay, knowing that your doing so supports a noble cause. A copy ordered for your maidservant, I believe, will prove to be money well spent. I look forward to the honor of your favorable response. With due brevity, yours in sincerity.
With all due respect,
Nuida Shinsaku, Headmaster, Greater Japan Institute of Advanced Needlework
Such is the content. The master promptly wads up this deferentially-composed missive and tosses it into the trash. Poor Shinsuke's great toil and impassioned appeal, I'm afraid, have fallen on deaf ears. The master takes up the third piece of mail. This one radiates a strange splendor. The envelope is decorated with red and white candy stripes, and in their midst is written, in bold brush strokes, "To the most esteemed rare and peculiar Kushami." I can't vouch for what might be inside, but its outer surface makes quite the impression.