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And that took much too long to update! I'm sorry all, I've been beaten up by school and work this semester, it basically consumed my life. So I tried to make this a bit of a fun chapter in the sense of playing with the characters and their range of emotions, as well as how they react in new environments and situations *coughMuramasa* I kind of used this chapter to delve into details in general, to practice how much I needed in building a scene. Sorry if I had too much-let me know if it was boring or anything anywhere, it was quite a long chapter at 13,000 words. Also, as you might notice I try to keep the setting very consistent with Japanese culture (and mixed Western culture), and have been researching a few things like what foods they eat, architecture, and their customs and festivals-which I'd love to incorporate in coming chapters. Ah I wish I could actually visit Japan to get a better sense of it all! Anyhoo, the next chapter I've really been planning for a long time in my head, and yes, it's a very sensitive topic, but I find it necessary to tie it into Muramasa's character for the sake of this story. I don't know why, but I like to write emotional scenes now, I feel like I'm putting a part of myself in the writing.
Am I boring everyone yet? Here's some random Japanese vocabulary and more!
*nori: Japanese seaweed
*natto: fermented soybeans (popular for breakfast in Japan)
*otouto-kun: little brother (condescending)
*tanjoubi omedetou: Happy Birthday (with gozaimasu at the end, it is more formal, as Muramasa said it)
*Oneesan: big sister
*Douji-giri Yasutsuna: According to legend, Minamoto Yorimitsu used it to slay Shuten Douji, an infamous monster; oni-slaying sword
*Ochimizu: Rasetsu is a Buddhist reference to a man-eating demon that has great strength and speed. They are humans with the strength and miraculous healing abilities of an Oni (monster), created from medicine called Ochimizu (the "Elixir", "Chian Dan"), which can drive them mad.
*Itadakimasu: "Let's eat" (literally "I humbly receive")
I'll be able to update again I'm sure in December, but now I must study for finals. Q_Q If anyone likes my chapters, or hates them, please leave me a review! Happy Thanksgiving!