In a short story I found this sentence:




It's the main character speaking to herself/reminiscing about what she knows about her parents and their time in the place where she is now during their honeymoon.

I was wondering about the sentence-ending という: I found this answer about sentence-ending というか, but I'm not sure if it's the same thing, since in my case there isn't the , and the "I mean" meaning doesn't really seem to apply here.

This is the first sentence of the paragraph; the previous one was one sentence in which she says her father loves guitars more than anything, and the next sentence is about how also during his honeymoon he bought a guitar (since in the present he is in a guitar shop to buy another).

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    Providing a couple of surrounding sentences in the original language is usually more helpful to the answerers than an explanation of the context in another language.
    – user4032
    Commented Oct 3, 2019 at 13:24

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This という is a hearsay marker. "They say ~", "People say ~", "He/She said ~", "I've heard ~", "According to their claim, ~", etc.

Judging from this context, the source of the information (i.e., my parents visited here) is probably the parents themselves, but it can be someone entirely different. When in doubt, you can avoid specifying the source by translating it like "I've heard that my parents visited here on their honeymoon".

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