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Posted: Apr 22 2018, 09:03 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 18-November 15
"Well, this is going to be an interesting experience for everyone," Shinsuke remarked as Nobuyori sat down with his drink. In a lot of ways that felt like the understatement of the century. As some of the students yelled and laughed, and others just sat pretending to not know them, it really showed just how diverse the population inside the cafe was. It also made it seem like the Bugei students made up a borderline angry mob. Sighing a bit Nobuyori took a few sips of his green tea.
"She seems neat to me," Inori remarked as she sipped her drink.
"I feel like that is putting it lightly." he remarked to Shinsuke as he looked over. Suishoku seemed to be doing well enough, and that arrogant Cao Cao guy seemed to quietly be taking in the atmosphere. Something about him still unsettled Nobuyori but right now wasn't the time. Shinsuke had already convinced Nobuyori that two lords didn't need to be at one another's throats on day one.
"You should try talking to her." Nobuyori suggested to Inori. After all Inori got along well enough with others. So why not convince her to talk to the super loud Chinese girl? It could cause Inori to make some new friends after all. Plus, if the Chinese girl ended up being violent Shinsuke and Nobuyori could surely protect her.
With that in mind Nobuyori decided to forget about the Chinese boy who seemed to have Cao Cao's power and enjoy the time he had with his friends, escorting the new students to their school.
"At least the Head Teacher and Headmaster are here to keep the peace." he told Shinsuke with a bit of a shrug of his shoulders.
Yumiko hadn't come with the students to the cafe. She had hung out at the dock looking at the water and the Chinese student's massive ship. It wasn't that she was avoiding anyone. It was more so that the poet soul of her couldn't help but observe everything and take notes about what she saw. Observational poetry was a beauty in it's own and she didn't want to allow this chance at inspiration to pass her by.
She did, however, finally make it to the cafe to find the others sitting around. She decided to order a small green tea and sit with Suishoku. She didn't have much to talk about per say, feeling nervous with the large amount of new people around in such a small space. Though at least next to Suishoku she knew nothing awkward would happen. Walking over she gave Suishoku a polite bow and looked at the Chinese students.
"Welcome to Edo." she said again.
Posted: Apr 22 2018, 09:39 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 18-November 15
(Thank you all. This was a solid introduction. Please look forward to the dance and martial arts tournaments coming up in the following months!)
As the students mingled with one another the Chinese group seemed decidedly unhappy about their companion's loud outburst as even the cafe staff looked a bit alarmed. Some of the people in the cafe even seemed to storm out. Headmaster Hosokawa took note of one of the people who left being one of the Sotan children. Half surprise the two had even been in the cafe to begin with. Though he had no intention of drawing attention to them when they clearly neither needed nor wanted it. It also seemed that some of the students, such as Kire, where more content simply watching how the Chinese students interacted in Edo for now. One student, Hikita Hoshi, had also seemed to come in just to see the Chinese students. It seemed that some of the students had wanted to see them before they came to school, but had chosen not to be at the formal welcome.
Meanwhile as one of the Edo Bugei students gave Jiao a nod and thumbs up over her confidence the inheritor of Lu Bu looked proud, like a mighty lion that had just taken down a gazelle. She was clearly a girl full of passion. A passion that fortunately Suishoku was their to help mitigate as she asked Jiao questions about her goals in Edo. Sitting down the girl smiled wide.
"I want to see Edo Castle, and the famous battlefield Sekigahara. I also want to see what your samurai training halls look like!" she said with a wide smile as she mentioned the last bit. She was looking forward to training with people who's combat style she hadn't seen before.
"As for the ship.....ehhhhh....it was ok." she said looking around.
"I had to travel in close quarters with mostly guys" she said with a bit of a disgusted look. To which Zihao instantly shot her a slightly offended look. It seemed like a tale that would need to be asked about later on.
At the same time this was happening Jinn was flirting with the Chinese group's strategist, Fangyuan.. As the rather slick boy commented on her eyes the Chinese girl blushed slightly and shook her head.
"No, I'm afraid my eyes are quite normal. Thank you though." she responded rather curtly. As didn't wish to be embarrassed by a foreigner, but the slightly red hue of her cheeks would easily betray her goals. Deciding to avoid further embarrassment she turned to Ripley, clearly keeping her back to Jinn.
"I hope we can talk about our musical tastes more with one another." she said with two small bows. It was clear that she was more flustered than she was letting on at this point.
"Also, I have heard so many things about the trade city of Osaka. Please show me the city while I am here." she requested.
Over at the seemingly mellow table Hana had asked the inheritor of Zhao Yun, Fai, about how he was enjoying Edo. She also thanked him in Chinese which made some of the students in the room look up at Hana shocked and Fai smile.
"Very well done." he said with a kind grinn. The group had clearly expected to speak Japanese most of the time, and not have Chinese spoken to them.
"Your city is lovely so far." he assured Hana as his lord Chao Guang nodded in agreement.
"Truly." he said with a small nod as he looked at the students that had sat down with them.
"I am looking forward to getting to know you all." he said and gave a polite bow.
Not much was said at the quiet table with Zihao and Yiting, but not much needed to be. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food. The same could be said for the teacher's table that was doing less talking and more observing of the students around them as Headmaster Hosokawa puled out a nice pocket watch. The conversation between the Chinese and Japanese students would continue on for a bit as they enjoyed their food and got to at least know one another's names until finally the headmaster stood up. The Head Teacher from China, Mr. Huang, clapped his hands twice to get everyone's attention.
"I want to thank you all for coming and meeting the Chinese delegation this morning. I hope you all enjoyed your drinks and breakfast." he said in fairly slow Japanese so that the Chinese students wouldn't have problems understanding.
"I think that everyone is about done with what they ordered, and we have a lot to unpack and paperwork to fill out back at the school. We will all be taking the train to the station south of school and walking up the hill to the Bugei together. Between now and our arrival at the school dorms, I encourage everyone to exchange phone numbers." he said as Mr. Huang then stood, speaking in flawless Japanese.
"As I'm sure you all are from getting up so early, my students are quite tired from our long voyage. After they fill out paperwork they will likely be resting. Your Headmaster is giving us a tour of the campus this afternoon, and a private dinner at his estate." he then said all of his words in Chinese. The delegation members looked at Head Master Hoskawa, clapping and bowing.
"Thank you sir" they all said in unison as the Headmaster simply bowed back. Mr. Huang then looked at the Headmaster to speak. Nodding a bit Headmaster Hosokawa looked at this students.
"I know it may be tempting to contact the new students today. However, I would request you all allow them a day or two to adjust to their new school life. Let them catch up on sleep, and perhaps allow them to message you first. I am sure they will be eager to make new friends, and be shown around the city." he looked at the Chinese students for confirmation as they nodded in agreement and looked at the Japanese students that had sat with them.
The Chinese group certainly had varying views on the students of Edo Bugei. To their leader Head Teacher Huang the students seemed unruly, and brash, however he could sense their strength. It was clear the students of Edo had been given far more leeway than the rigid structure of the school in Beijing.
Meanwhile the flashy boy who had made the "Wei" symbol in the sky above Edo Harbor, Zihao Men, had his own opinion. Some of the students acted high and mighty, even in the face of someone like him who's bloodline stretched back literally thousands of years. It absolutely disgusted him. They should have bowed deeply to him and stood after he had passed them. He wanted to prove just how strong he was compared to these fools. Which no doubt his bodyguard Yiting knew his thoughts, and internally had already sighed. A lot of the Bugei students looked strong, and in Yiting's mind she was worried she would end up having to save her lord from half of the student body once he began to open his mouth. Perhaps she could get to know the Bugei students before hand and explain that her lord really wasn't a jerk? Or perhaps keep him distracted? She would need to think of something over the next few days.
On the other hand Chao Guang was having a good time of it all. The young lord seemed very mature and composed but polite. His view on the students was probably the nicest of the Chinese delegation. He though that the Bugei students must have been impressive to have such spirit even this early in the morning. Just for the arrival of a few strangers no less! They even had a cardboard samurai with fog! It was truly amazing and he couldn't wait to see even more of the city. His bodyguard, on the other hand, was already assessing who would be a problem both in the Chinese group and of the Bugei students. Fai Cheng was a kind man, but stoic. Like Yiting he took his job seriously, and knew his lord's kindness was seen as a weak spot by others. While he wanted to make friends with some of the more combat focused Edo Bugei students, he wasn't going to let his guard down.
Finally the odd couple. The strategist Fangyuan was taken with the students much the same way Chao Guang had been. The students seemed to have a lot of energy, and already seemed to decide which of the Chinese students they wished to befriend. She didn't have much time to learn about the students of Edo Bugei while on this trip, but she would learn the most she could about them, this city, and the country of Japan as a whole. Jiao Meili, Lu Bu's inheritor, also wished to know about the students. However she would learn through direct confrontation rather than observation. Much like Zihao she wanted to show just how strong her country was, by using herself as an example. She was looking forward to knowing the students and testing her might against the likes of the Honda and Sanda clans!
"Now then, I think we have taken up enough time and space for these generous people for hosting us this morning. Lets go." he told the group as he turned and bowed towards the cafe staff, waiting on both the Chinese and Japanese students to do the same.
"Thank you for hosting us." he said kindly. The cafe staff bowed back at the combined Japanese/Chinese group left. Heading to the train station and returning to the Bugei.
The sun had come out and the air felt a bit chilly but nice. Truly it felt like a fresh day had come to Edo Bugei, and this would be the start of an exciting spring and summer, even if the student's didn't quite know it yet.
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