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11 January 2006 @ 02:12 am
Jan 1, 1858 - Morning - Courtyard of the Shieikan - Nobu (Warg3791)  
I'm glad when we enter the gates of the Shieikan. It was such a long way from Tama! But of course none of us would miss Souji-chan's genpuku!

I wonder if my younger brother is already here? I glance around, but of course I don't see him anywhere. He's probably inside, warming himself by the fire and drinking up all the Kondo family's tea!

I glance around to the other people who have journeyed here for the day's event. My husband is here of course, as is my brothers. All three of them - Tamejiro, Kiroku, and Daisaku. Oh, I suppose I mean "Kasuya-sensei" instead of "Daisaku". Even after all this time, I can't get used to his being adopted into another family!

A very distant relative of ours and, like my husband, Hikogoro, another supporter of the Shieikan, Kojima-san is also with us. He's mentioned to us that he might have some big news soon. I can't help but feel a bit apprenhensive about it though. For some reason, it seems to involve Kiroku. And it seems that whenever Kiroku is involved in something these days, it invariably has something to do with our youngest brother.

I sigh, knowing they won't tell me until they're good and ready. Instead I go to the door of the main house and announce our presense...
gen_san on January 15th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
(Coming from here.)

I hurry from the kitchen to the front door and open it for our guests. As I thought, it's Nobu-san and the rest of our friends from Tama. All of Toshi-san's family is here it seems.

"Hello! Hello! Come in, all of you! You must be freezing. Here, sit here by the brazier," I tell them as I fish around for the smoking tray for our guest. I set it before them, then give them a bow. "I'll be right back with some tea for you."

Rushing to the kitchen, I grab some cups, tea, and the castiron pot full of hotwater, put them on a tray, and quickly make my way back. Then I quickly start preparing the tea for our guests.

"Thank you all for coming such a long way on a day like this. Souji-kun will be thrilled to see you all here."
Misc. Mibu People: Sato Nobumisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
"Thank you, Gen-san," I say as I accept the tea from him. We would have been here earlier, but someone started the celebration a bit early," I explain, with a very pointed and annoyed look at my husband.
Misc. Mibu People: Sato Hikogoromisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
Sato Hikogoro - Warg3791
*Hiccup* "Did someone say, 'celebration'? Where?! I want to party!" I tell them, laughing and looking around for the party. *Hiccup* Well, where is it, I wonder?
Misc. Mibu People: Kojima Shikanosukemisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Kojima Shikanosuke - Warg3791
Oh, good heavens! He's drunk already! I give Nobu-san a glance. "Don't let him you-know-what!" I urge her. Kami! Whatever you do, don't let him sing!
Misc. Mibu People: Hijikata Daisaku/Kasuya Ryojyunmisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Kasuya Ryojun (Daisaku) - Warg3791
I laugh at Cousin Hikogoro's antics. At least we know someone is going to enjoy himself today! But I wonder about Souji-chan?

And where is Toshi? He should have come out to greet us all! It's not like we get to see him everyday anymore...

I thank Gen-san for the tea and take a cup for Tamejiro. Gently, I place the cup in my older brother's hands before picking up my own cup and taking a drink.
Misc. Mibu People: Hijikata Tamejiromisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
Tamejiro - Warg3791
Thanking Gen-san for the tea, I sip it a bit. "This is truly an auspicious occasion. It's been a very long time coming too. Hikogoro! How about a song?" I ask, laughing. I can feel Nobu and Kojima-san both glaring at me, but I could care less. This is too good an opportunity to annoy my other brother to pass up!
Misc. Mibu People: Sato Hikogoromisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
"Eh? Oh, a song! Yes! Let's sing!" I get up and start belting out one of my favorite rice planting songs. I hardly ever get to sing at home! Hmph! And people try to tell me I have a bad voice and that I'm constantly off-key!
Misc. Mibu People: Hijikata Kirokumisc_mibu_ppl on January 19th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
Kami, but Hikogoro sounds like a cat being strangled. I give Tamejiro a glare despite knowing he cannot see. The baka did that on purpose!

I sip my tea and pointedly ignore the rackus. Let him do what he will. I refuse to get into it with him today. And I won't let him interfere with my plans for Toshi either!

I smile to myself. My younger brother... I doubt he'll be happy with my plans for him, but that's just too bad. He's got brains and talent and I aim to see to it that he uses them to succeed in this life. And the offer that Kojima-san has gotten for him will certainly see to that. And Toshi will accept, whether he wants to or not!

I can't leave it in his hands at all. Not unless I want to see him ruin himself and get himself killed chasing those impossible dreams of his...
Misc. Mibu People: Inoue Matsugoromisc_mibu_ppl on January 30th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Inoue Matsugoro
I sigh as I approach the front entrance of the Shieikan dojo. I could hear Sato-san's drunken song all the way down the street. I brush off the slight dusting of snow sticking to my clothing, then announce my presense.

My brother answers the door and ushers me in from the cold. A few pleasant words and a cup of tea later, I'm sitting with the others and discussing with Kojima-san the chances of the emperor approving the treaty with America...