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Week 21, Day 4 - Week 21, Day 5 (April 6-11)

Petals bloom, unfurling on whispering winds, bringing the joy of life renewed across the lands. Spring has arrived in Kannagara, and with it, Konohanasakuya-hime's joy in seeing new life unfurl its delicate strength. Now is the time we in Mizusato rejoice in the goddess’ blessing, for Konohanasakuya-hime has awakened the Spring for us all to enjoy. With her gentle hands, she has brought us a time for new beginnings, so if you would embrace this chance, then join the revelry in Mizusato as the village proudly brings you the traditional Sakura Festival!

For Week 21, days 4 and 5, there will be an optional Sakura Festival in Mizusato, complete with sakura viewing areas between the beach and the village. In almost every village anywhere, this will be the high point of talk between traders and gossip in the street -- everyone will know about it because it's a good season for foreign merchants.

In the opening post for the event, it will be announced that the Elders of Mizusato have approved the construction of a ryokan for other-worlders and are looking for construction volunteers. Mizusato has decided to make their cooperation with other-worlders officially public, openly showing their support in light of the terrible incidents that occurred on the mainland in the past few weeks!

The entire city will be decked in lanterns that depict the shape of sakura blossoms; these will be found hanging outside homes and establishments, all of which will be illuminated at night. Here, traders will be visible selling their goods during the mornings, especially those from other villages dealing in cloth and jewelry. Which definitely means that it won't be an uncommon sight to find the citizens of Mizusato in their yukata and enjoying the festivities -- food stalls, games, plays situated around the square organized by children and the council, flute and drums and shamisen music! You name it, it's there!

What can your characters do?

Anything they want- threadjacking is encouraged, and so is time-paradoxing!. Sub-threads will be provided but players are encouraged to create their own scenarios. For example, under the game threads, players are encouraged to start threads with HEADERS IN CAPS saying, RING TOSS. Be creative! Remember, this is a good opportunity for CR!

Time events!

Day 4 - The opening ceremony will take place at 4 PM in the middle of the square by the head of council of Mizusato. The festivities will then begin right after his speech with a taiko drums performance.

Day 5 - The closing of the festivities will begin at 8 PM, when the fireworks will illuminate the skies of Mizusato for ten minutes over the shoreline. This will be a grand display to the point that people outside the area of Mizusato might just hear and perhaps even catch a glimpse of it if they're lucky!

Throughout the festivities, lanterns will be hung on wooden poles above the water in the shallow areas of the shoreline. Music will be played at all times and festivities can play out till midnight and start again as early as noon again! Food and games will be constant!

Enjoy the festivities, people of Mizusato and her guests!


Apr. 7th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
[Just at that moment, Rin happens by. She's taking a bit of a breather from the festivities and following that old tradition of cherry blossom viewing by her lonesome. A little unusual, but she lost track of her companions and didn't feel like going to look for them.

Besides, these days, she feels like calling back to mind her time in Edo. What she felt like back there. (What she felt like when she met Manji.)

It just so happens that she sees the rain of petals, though not what has caused it. She perks up at the sight and quickens her step, flits closer and peers up into the treetop.]

Edited at 2011-04-07 03:41 pm (UTC)
Apr. 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
[Soujiro senses the new presence instantly but takes a moment before he peeks down to greet her]

You know what they say about cherryblossoms, don't you? [he asks cheerfully]
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
[For a moment, she doesn't know where the voice is coming from, and jumps a little. But it's not long until she spots him and looks up at him curiously.]

What thing, specifically?
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
That the blossoms used to be pure white [He nods, catching a few petals in his hand] But then the earth became so drenched with blood that their hue began to change... [pursing his lips he blows a soft burst of air and sends the petals on his palm fluttering away with the rest]

The pink is lovely, isn't it?
Apr. 7th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
[... what a converstaion opener.]

Uh. Quite.
Apr. 7th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ah forgive me, I have made you uncomfortable [still smiling]
Apr. 8th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Not really? It's an... interesting way to start a conversation, that's for sure.

[Well, okay, maybe it did make her uncomfortable for a second, but she's not about to let on.]
Apr. 11th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well it is a sakura viewing festival, isn't it? [He smiles] Wouldn't that make a story about sakura apt?
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
I suppose. [Cocking an eyebrow at him, again.] What are you doing up there in the tree?
Apr. 14th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well what better place is there for viewing sakura than in the tree? [He smiles]
Apr. 14th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
... well, you've got a point there.

[Strange fellow. But she's got nothing better to do, so she might as well hang around. Idly, she scratches at the ground with her sandal before looking back up at him.]

Say... I haven't seen you around a whole lot. You new or something?
Apr. 18th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Very new [He nods, crushing a few petals between his fingertips before smiling down at her]

And you, my lady?
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
[She shrugs.]

Been here for quite a while now.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
[He tilts his head]

Then...you wouldn't happen to know what happens to our worlds while we're here, would you?
Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I do know that there's another us there, while we're here. So I guess things just continue on as they would always have... in some strange way.


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