January 10, 2013
Tonan no Tsubasa (12)
The Rishi (里祠) is the sacred building in the center of every city where the riboku tree (里木) is enshrined. There are two types of yaboku (野木): yaboku from which plants and trees are born, and yaboku from which animals are born. See chapter 53 of Shadow of the Moon.
Dropping the honorific suffix from a name (san, chan, kun, senpai, sensei, sama, etc.) is called yobisute (呼び捨て).
Except among close acquaintances, it remains a pretty hard and fast rule in Japan that anybody above you in social rank gets an honorific suffix, including older siblings and upperclassmen. This is why direct inquiries about age, even from strangers, is not a faux pas. Age is a critical variable in determining social rank, which in turn determines how a person should be addressed.