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[Event] MIZUSATO SAKURA MATSURI

MIZUSATO SAKURA MATSURI
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!

Comments

revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
RING TOSSING
[Today, Rin is just going around, having fun. But when she sees the ring tossing booth, she thinks she might both have her fun and school her aim a bit. She hasn't used her Golden Wasps attack in quite a while, but she doesn't quite want to give up on it. It has sentimental value.

Thus she might as well try to improve. And tossing rings is so going to help her with that.

But it isn't quite her turn yet, and she is bouncing up and down on her feet anxiously while she waits.]
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: RING TOSSING
[Well, well. He's seen this face before. Isn't this the helpful young lady who spoke to him on his first day here?

Vincent had wanted to meet her in person. And she just looks so amusing, standing there with that intent look on her little face, so excited about... what's the thing she's waiting for?

Oh, a ring toss game. How pedestrian. But the girl does seem awfully excited about it. Perhaps... he should pretend interest as well? She might know useful things, considering how she approached him, after all.

And getting useful information out of a woman, especially one as plain-looking as this one, is an easy enough matter with flattery.]

Excuse me, young lady...

[He steps up next to her, offers a smile.]

Would you happen to be... Rin?

revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
[It takes a moment for her to register that a familiar face is near, for she wasn't paying mind to the sounds of footsteps around her -- because why should she? There is an awful lot of that going on at a festival.

Doesn't help that she's mostly focused on the game going on before her; so it's in a somewhat absent manner that she turns around at the voice greeting her, not even realizing she's heard it before.

But yes. When she sees Vincent, she remembers. His appearance is somewhat unique, after all. He gets a surprised look.]

Ah... yes. That'd be me.
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I thought so!

[She seems almost shy. And well, obviously he startled her a little. He hasn't forgotten her reactions on the Hitomi, and for a second his mind is racing with the question of whether to keep her off balance or try to soothe her.

His smile turns up a little.]

It's nice to meet you in person. I'm not sure if you remember me -

[So humble sounding, as if anyone could really forget him!]

But my name is Vince, and you were very helpful to me the other day.

[He slips off one white glove, neatly and quickly, and holds out the bare hand as if to shake, ruffled sleeve falling back a little.]
revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
[Right, that hand shaking thing. Rin gives his hand a mildly dubious look before taking it, giving it a brief shake before letting go again.]

Nice to meet you. Again.

[The usual niceties, because one's gotta be polite. And really, Rin doesn't mind. She doesn't have much of an opinion on him yet. Well, the gun-toting was a bit dodgy, but she's withholding judgement on that one.]

I do remember. We did talk when you first came here.

[A beat.]

So, settling in well?
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
[Definitely not nobility, he decides, both from her forthright manner and the fact that she draws her hand back before he can bow over it or kiss it or any other extravagant niceties.

Well, next time perhaps. And it'll seem even more flattering if she isn't used to it. After all, all women want to be fawned over, don't they? Except perhaps the ones too used to that... but he knows how to deal with those too.

For this one, he simply lets his hand drop slowly, as if it doesn't wish to draw away from her, and then leans in a little closer to speak, making sure she understands that every word she says is of utmost importance to him.]

Well, I have to admit it's a far cry from being 'like home'. And my family has moved already since my arrival, so it's a little jarring. But my brother says that this town is the safest, and he has a job here, so hopefully we'll do all right.
revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
[Wow, that guy sure is getting personal. Not to the point of being unpleasant, but enough for Rin to notice.

She keeps her expression steady.]

That's right -- at the moment, it's general concensus that Mizusato is safest. People seem pretty friendly around these parts, so you shouldn't be off too badly.
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
So far they've been all right. I've been trying to find my way around - a bit of hunting to help out with finances, I wouldn't want to inconvenience my brother after all -

[Not that Gil has actually seen a penny of that hunting money, but she doesn't have to know that.]

And I've spoken to a few people. It's a very different world from what I'm used to.

[Still smiling, still a little too close.]

Perhaps after you play your game, you could show me around a little? It'd be quite appreciated.
revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am glad to hear that.

[Still moderately polite -- he does seem to have good manners, after all. If ones that are foreign to her. But on the other hand, it's only moderate because frankly, she's found it matters little in Kannagara what you were before arriving there. One's former status is more like an accessory or an anecdote; nothing that has any real bearing.

When asked to show him around, she hesitates a moment and eyes him intently. Her more polite and helpful side dictates that yes, she should show him around. On the other hand, it's a festival, and she's going to have fun, and while he's not bad to have around per se, she can imagine better ways to spend her time.]

I'll, uhm. I'll think about it.

[Yes, that's a good girl. Never decline outright.

She almost wants to laugh at herself.]
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
[Excuse him while he tries to gather his broken mind, because shouldn't you be swooning at his feet by now? There's a slight frown for a second, almost petulant, but it's gone quite quickly.

Have a sheepish laugh instead.]

Ah, of course! Perhaps later then... instead, I could buy you a treat? There seem to be a lot of nice sweets and savories both being offered.

[There, that'll work better. Offer something before you ask.]

revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
[Now there's something interesting. He's beginning to speak her language. Which is fairly easy to do if you're offering free sweets -- but.]

Ah, uhm, thanks? [Bit of a flustered manner; genuine, too.] You don't have to -- I mean, it's not like you owe me or something...

[And therein lies the problem. If he doesn't owe her, she might end up owing him. She's not sure she wants that. Getting into debts is not a habit one should even start, after all.

(No, Sōri doesn't count. He sees it as an almost filial duty to her dead father. Even if Rin herself doesn't view it as necessary.)]
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
[Vincent blinks a little, as if honestly surprised. What woman thought of such things?

He might even respect her a little for it, almost. But he's sure she'll ruin it any moment. They always do. And now he has to rethink his strategy again, shift the chess board to a new perspective and try a different view of it, perhaps this piece here instead of there...

Well, perhaps this tactic.]

It's no trouble, my lady. And to be honest...

[He glances around, as if to be sure they're not overheard, his moment of weakness not seen.]

My family is busy, and I don't know anyone else here yet, so I suppose you could say I could use the company.
revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
[Well, that sure is conflicting. Does he mean it? He seems awfully eager to get closer to her. Maybe it's just how he is, maybe it's a front. And even if he says he expects no reimbursement of sorts for his efforts, propriety would certainly dictate it.

In the end, a more or less happy medium would probably be the best thing to go with.]

Well, uhm, that's awfully nice of you, really, it is -- but I'm afraid I can't accept the offer.

But I could still accompany you for a snack, if it would really help you.

[Yes, curse her helpfulness, curse her need to give everyone a chance, whatever. Now the words are out, the obligation has come into being.

It's just a snack, anyway.]
nightraysewerat
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
[He doesn't get it, at all, doesn't understand why she won't accept something from him. But that's all right, because he has his 'yes' either way.

He nods toward the person doing the ring toss in front, realizing her turn is next, and then smiles.]

Looks like you're up next, so how about you impress me with your arm, first, and then we'll go?

[There's laughter in his mismatched eyes and he steps back, folds his arms over his chest playfully, clearly teasing.]
revengeisalie
Apr. 7th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
[Rin gladly lets herself be distracted. Back to unambiguous fun times! She gives him a smile that's somewhere between playful and unsure.]

Watch me!

[She goes to get her rings and goes up to the line that marks the position from which she'd throw. Once there, she takes off her bag and sets it down next to her feet, then she assumes what she guesses is a good throwing stance: feet slightly apart, knees slightly bent, one foot in front and one further back.

She takes a ring into her right hand and waves it to and fro on a level slightly beneath her collarbone, trying to gauge the distance. Then she throws.

And misses by about three steps.]
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