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A Berlin-based writer from Osaka Prefecture has chronicled her search for the truth behind a famous short story about a love affair between an elite Meiji Era bureaucrat and a German dancing girl.

Ichika Rokuso, 50, has written two books examining the long-standing mystery surrounding the German girlfriend of author Mori Ogai (1862-1922), believed to be a model for the protagonist in “Maihime” (“The Dancing Girl”).

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