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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. 9th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
[Really, there is zero reason for her to be here. She's got no business with the gods, and she never even really started the worshipping thing.

But still, sometimes her feet seem to have their own will. Okay, that's a lie -- of course it's her choice to be here. It's just... why, again? Curiosity, probably. And the fact that this is the goddess the Mizusato citizens worship, so she may want to make herself comfy with the lady.

Lost in a hazy, shapeless approximation of doubt, she spends a good long while standing before the temple's entrance, staring at the main building's roof.]
Apr. 11th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
[Well, this will be fun.

Here in the temple, it's not quite like being real, being in the world, for Gau. He's stepping in and out of reality in a way that surprises himself, but it doesn't matter because it's just for the day, and he knows it.

Just a little vacation.

And he'll take a moment of it to surprise his friend Rin, if he can manage it.

He appears just behind her, lips nearly touching her ear, and whispers...]

Apr. 11th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
[That has entirely the desired effect, and possible more. Rin's whole body twitches, tenses, and she jumps a little while letting out a yelp. Flailing her hands, she hurries a few steps away and turns around in the process.

But what is this sight that greets her? Her friend, Gau. Whom she hasn't seen in a good long while. Immediately, she mostly unbristles and smiles at him.]

Gau-kun! Geez, you sure gave me a scare!
Apr. 13th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
[Gau really should apologize, but well, he's far too amused. He's just in a wonderful mood today, that's all.

Still, his smile is a little sheepish.]

That was sort of the point, Rin-san!

Apr. 14th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
[The corners of her mouth are quirking, her eyes twinkling, noting her amusement.]

I know! I still thought I should note you were successful.

[Yep, too glad to see him to pout.]

It's been a while, hasn't it?
Apr. 16th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Has it?

[Gau laughs softly, shakes his head a little.]

Keeping up with time is difficult for me right now. But I know I haven't really spoken to you a lot even before my little adventure, so perhaps it has been quite a while.

[He grins at her, ever friendly.]

And how've you been, Rin-san?
Apr. 17th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I've been. All right. As things go.

[And maybe there's just the barest hint of exasperation there, but if it is, it's fleeting, only there for a split second, and she's smiling all the way.]

What exactly happened to you, anyway? If you don't mind me asking. I saw, but... I'm not sure I understand all that's entailed.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)

[Gau laughs a little, because really it's not the easiest thing to explain.]

My Goddess decided it was time I go for a little training, I guess you'd say. I've been able to see a bit of what was going on in the world, but I've been spending time with the gods.

[He blushes, realizing just how egotistical that sounds. He doesn't mean it that way.]

I'll be back, eventually, but... well, I know Raikou had a dream about me but I'm not sure what it entailed, so...
May. 10th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
[Big eyes, because Rin truly didn't realize the scope of what is happening to Gau. She's not sure how to feel about it. Is she even supposed to feel about it at all? Probably not, but there's something in her, anyway -- uneasiness, doubt, and a vague fear that maybe, someday, she'll end up on a different side than her friend.

Which isn't now, because really, she can deal with him allying with these gods that keep them captive. He's suggested to her before that he doesn't have all that much to go back to. Their perspectives differ on this -- and do friends need to agree on everything? Probably, they don't. She thinks so, vaguely, even if she isn't sure.

For the time being, they're good.

The second thing is curiosity. He says he's been spending time with the gods, and Rin can't help wondering what it's like. What insights it grants him that the rest of them probably don't have.

She answers in a soft voice.]

... I see. Is it... [hesitation, but she presses on] a good experience?
May. 10th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yes and no.

[He wants to say unequivocally yes, because he wants people to learn to share his perspective on the gods, but he won't lie to a friend either. So he chews on his lip for a second, and then begins to explain.]

Learning and growing aren't easy. And I've learned some things about myself and others that I don't like... but it's also necessary to look at the bad things in order to work to change them. So it's hard work, but it's going to be the good sort of hard work, in the end.
May. 10th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
[And she just listens attentively -- well, trying to not too obviously look like she's hanging on his every word, which she is, because this is relevant to her interests. When he's done, she nods.]

A personal growth sorta thing? I see. That's... hardly ever easy.
May. 13th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
No, it's not very easy. But I think about it, it has been a while since I had a chance to focus on any personal growth.

[A pause, and then...]

What I mean is, things were happening very quickly for me, for a while, both here at Kannagara and before I came here, so much so that I didn't really have time to think and reevaluate them.
May. 14th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. Sometimes life does that to you. You just push on and on until you find out you don't even really know what it all means... whether you're on the right path.
May. 22nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah. And sometimes you get really lost along the way. Which is okay, maybe, for yourself, but...

[He sighs.]

When it's hurting others, then you really have to stop and question yourself.
May. 26th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
That's true.

[No more comment than that, because, well, it is true, but she isn't sure what else there is to say. Gau hurting her personally, they talked about, and anything else is not her business.

She could start telling of her own experiences with that, but honestly, she doesn't want to go there. So all he gets is a surreptitious glance.]


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