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Thursday, October 6 - Assembly on the Miyagawa Academy main quad [18 Oct 2005|08:12pm]

emerald_mod
[ mood | welcoming ]

On Thursday, October 6, the students and faculty of the Academy are summoned to an assembly on the main quadrangle.

As at the Beginning of Term ceremony, each division of the school has its own section; the elementary, middle and high schools seem a sea of white and blue, except for the spots of color which are the teachers' outfits.

A platform has been set up in front of Showa Hall with a podium for Chairman Okami. Also standing on the platform are three young people - a young man and woman in their late teens, and a girl who appears to be some years younger.

Chairman Okami gestures for silence, and then begins, "[I would like to present three more new students to Miyagawa. These are Skyler Reinhardt,]" (the young man), "[Diana Ravenscroft,]" (the older of the two young women) "[and Wendy Davis.]" (the younger girl) "[Skyler and Diana will be attending the University, and Wendy will be attending the Middle School. Please welcome them to Miyagawa Academy.]"

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October 4, lunchtime - Miyagawa Academy cafeteria [05 Oct 2005|02:04pm]

hakken_sempai
[ mood | hungry ]

Kentaro makes his way through the cafeteria, carrying a tray laden with a large bowl of noodles, a small plate with what look like some sort of fried dumplings, and a cup of steaming green tea.

As he sits down at one of the tables, his stomach growls audibly.

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October 5, Kansai International Airport [05 Oct 2005|12:51pm]

fang_of_night
[ mood | bored ]

Rumiko Rao lounges against a wall in the International Arrivals area, tapping a foot against the floor. The skinny teenager looks at her companion, a somewhat older woman clad in a blue suit and gray blouse. "[What are we doing here, Yuki-san? I thought this was your cousin's responsibility.]"

((OOC: Rumiko is a short, skinny teenaged girl with elfin features and prominent front teeth. She wears her black hair cropped close to her head, and she has bright, inquisitive brown eyes. Right now, she's wearing a Miyagawa Academy winter uniform.))

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The afternoon of October 4, after classes [05 Oct 2005|08:16am]

lily_marhime
[ mood | curious ]

Lily makes her way through the dorms, her large backpack on her shoulders. I've got to get myself a satchel more conducive to schoolwork than backwoods hiking she thinks. She walks over to Sal and Myca's dorm room and knocks on the door. "Hello?"

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The afternoon of October 3, on the Miyagawa Academy campus [03 Oct 2005|08:55am]

hakken_sempai
[ mood | tired ]

Laden with books and papers, Kentaro makes his way across the quadrangle toward the gate, threading his way through the groups of students coming and going from various buildings. "[Excuse me...I'm sorry...pardon me....]"

An errant breeze pulls loose one of the papers; with a startled epithet, Kentaro makes a futile grab for it and then takes off after the floating page, trying to balance his burden and retrieve the errant sheet at the same time.

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The Court of the Three Treasures [29 Sep 2005|09:11am]

emerald_mod
[ mood | calm ]

((OOC: This picks up from here.))

Deep in the forest, a row of three red torii gates stand tall and proud against the pines' deep green backdrop.

Beyond those gates is a jinja, or Shinto shrine. Around the shrine are a great many figures - humans, yes, but also animals and Fera in their middle forms. Here, a raven perches near a fox-woman clad in an elegant kimono; there, a black-furred wolf stands beside a rat-woman and a broad-shouldered Chinese man; not too far away, a woman clad in the white jacket and red hibakama trousers of a Shinto priestess stands beside a huge tiger.

Seated on the balcony of the jinja are four figures - Chairman Okami, clad in a men's kimono and hakama, and a coat with flared shoulders, embroidered at the shoulders; a broad-shouldered, muscular Chinese woman clad in ancient Chinese armor; a fox-woman with Principal Miyama's eyes, dressed in an elegant silk kimono with long sleeves and a train; and what could best be described as an Asian dragon with glittering blue-green scales and a long, sinuous body.

As the group of Americans and their Japanese escorts enters the area, a number of heads turn as the assembled beast folk regard their Western counterparts with a variety of expressions, from curiosity to excitement to hastily-concealed antipathy.

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The evening of September 17 - Miyagawa Academy dorms [28 Sep 2005|08:11am]

hakken_sempai
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

((OOC: This is a set-up post for Court. Actual Court post to follow.))

With the Ohtori brothers and Saki and Tokiko in tow, Kentaro makes the rounds of the exchange students' rooms, knocking and calling each person's name.

He's traded his usual button-down shirt-and-khakis attire for a formal man's kimono and hakama (a pair of pleated pants); similar outfits are worn by the Ohtori brothers.

Saki and Tokiko are wearing elaborately decorated women's formal kimono with sleeves hanging almost to the ankles; both of them also have their hair carefully arranged. Tokiko wears a rather unique-looking hairstick of some ivory-colored substance, crowned by a deep green sphere.

When the doors are answered, Kentaro bows and says to each person in turn, "We are here to escort you to Court - the ceremony the chairman mentioned the other day." Pause. "It is a formal affair, so if you wish to change, we will wait."

Once everyone is ready, he continues, "The ceremonies will be held on the nature preserve near Lake Biwa, so we must take the train." He gestures in the general direction of the outside of the building. "If you will come with us?"

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Ten'ou Shopping Arcade, an evening prior to September 9 [26 Sep 2005|08:40am]

ikki_niisan
[ mood | okay ]

Ikki moves along the shopping street, glancing into stores on occasion as he passes. Despite his size, he moves through the crowds with an easy grace, his tread almost noiseless on the pavement.

A takoyaki vendor hawks his wares; at any other time, Ikki might stop to buy a few of the hot octopus balls, but this evening he politely declines and heads for one particular shop.

Nebula Chain's stereo system blares the theme from Sakura Taisen into the evening air as Ikki enters, making straight for the shelves containing the tankouban. He passes over the volumes of shonen series, instead choosing a volume adorned by a picture of a delicate-looking male with wide, soulful eyes. Once he's chosen that, he moves over to a shelf of CDs and chooses one adorned with four bishonen.

Once he has his purchases, he walks up to the counter, where a smiling young woman with a high-pitched voice rings them up, takes his payment, and then neatly wraps the CD and graphic novel, and deposits both packages in a bag marked with the store's name. Thanking her politely, Ikki makes his way back out into the shopping arcade proper, his purchases securely in hand.

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Lunch, first week of school - Miyagawa School cafeteria [22 Sep 2005|06:34pm]

chu_shiga
After buying lunch, Chu sits down at one of the cafeteria tables. One of the first students to have bought lunch, the slender middle-scooler watches the mix of elelmentary, middle-school and high school students as they start to trickle in to the cafeteria.
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Monday, September 5 - Beginning of Term Ceremony [22 Sep 2005|07:10am]

emerald_mod
[ mood | excited ]

On the morning of September 5, everyone from the school assembles in front of Showa Hall, where a podium has been set up for the speakers. Each division has its own section; the elementary, middle and high schools seem a sea of white and blue, except for the spots of color which are the teachers' outfits.

Chairman Okami delivers a speech welcoming all the students for the Fall term and exhorting them to do their best in the coming months. Then he yields the floor to the head of the University division, Principal Miyama, and the principals of the middle and elementary schools in turn. Each of them gives a similar speech to the chairman's, tailored to their particular student body.

When the elementary school principal has finished his speech, he yields the floor to the chairman again.

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September 1, 11 am sharp - Meeting Chairman Okami [20 Sep 2005|08:38am]

hakken_sempai
[ mood | formal ]

After everyone has had a chance to refresh themselves and dress (in appropriate clothing - OOC, feel free to describe what your character is wearing if you so desire), Kentaro leads the exchange students to the Showa Administration Building.

The Showa Building has a strong Gothic element in its architecture, with a high, pointed tower and narrow windows. The interior is lit by warm-colored lights, and has a great deal of wood in its construction.

As he leads the group up the stairs, he explains, "This building was constructed for the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of the Emperor Showa - you would know him as Hirohito." He directs their attention to a piece of paper with Japanese characters that hangs in a frame near the entrance. "That letter was written by Showa-tenno himself in honor of the building's dedication."

He takes the group down the hall, to a door bearing a bronze plaque etched with the legend, Okami Hikaru, Miyagawa School Chairman, and knocks lightly. "[Okami-sama...this is Inuyama Kentaro. I have brought our visitors.]"

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Mid-morning, September 1 [14 Sep 2005|08:26am]

hakken_sempai
[ mood | awake ]

With Ikki, Shun and the two girls in tow, Kentaro makes his way to each of the exchange students' rooms, rapping lightly on the doors and addressing the individuals within by name.

Should anyone open their doors, the Japanese students are wearing extremely casual outfits, along the lines of T-shirts and shorts. Each of them carries a small plastic tub containing soap, shampoo, washcloth and towel, and various other bathing necessities.

Kentaro bows, and delivers the following message to each of the exchange students: "The Chairman and Principal Miyama have sent for you, but we thought you might want to refresh yourselves first. We are going to the bath - would you like to come with us?"

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September 1, 6:00 am. Outside the dorm room. [14 Sep 2005|01:31am]

noseinsomething
[ mood | stir-crazy ]

Nose-in-something couldn't stand it any more. He had been in homid form for almost a week, with no chance of going wild! Or, at least, no chance of going lupus. Today might just be the perfect time to stretch his paws for a bit.

So, very quietly, Nose-in grabbed his gear, slipped out of his room, and outside the building. He looks around the grounds for some place deserted, and, when he finds it, he slips off his clothing and gets down on all fours. He's about to change when he remembers something: his licence and collar. He sighed, and wished he didn't promise his best friend, David, that he'd wear it... But, it would let people think he was a stray dog rather than a wolf. And it had David's number on it, so he'd be reached in case something happened. None the less, it was embarassing to wear!

With another sigh, he snapped the collar onto his neck, then started to shift into lupus form.

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August 31, evening, under a tree on the Miyagawa School campus [13 Sep 2005|08:22am]

basher_joe
[ mood | bored ]

Joe leans against the tree, earphones on as he casts his gaze around the campus, looking for something interesting going on.

**[What a day. Ohtori-kun couldn't make it, Chu's not around, and Miyama-sensei has it in for me. And then there was the lecture from Ojii-sama.....]** Joe flinches as he recalls his grandfather's wrath, and the tongue-lashing which followed. **[I was only trying to make things more interesting...like they'd want to see a bunch of castles and shrines! There's more to see in the pachinko parlors and clubs - but just trying telling any of them that!]** He sighs, looking up at the night sky. **[I miss Miria...I wonder how she's doing in America?]**

With another sigh, he leans back against the tree as the next MP3 starts to play.

((OOC: Reference Joe's User Profile for a description. Right now, he's wearing a pair of cutoffs, a Gatchaman T-shirt, and sneakers.))

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch... [12 Sep 2005|01:11am]

opensthepath
[ mood | tired ]

In Dan's room setup is going slowly, as he attempts to unpack everything he brought, without encroaching on where his soon-to-be roommate will be doing likewise. He doesn't have much anyway, a bag of clothes, a bag of 'toys' like his MP3 player and Mini-DVD, and toiletries in the carry-on messanger bag, which is now tipped over, spilling its contents onto the floor.

"Ugh," he mutters under his breath, "I wish they would have just let me have an apartment..."

with a deep sigh he begins in on the clothes, carefully unrolling and starting to hang his shirts in the closet





((OOC: sorry it took me so long to post my room post, I was having trouble figuring out how to post in the community, I'm new to LJ...

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The Triple Room of Doooooom! [09 Sep 2005|08:31pm]

edeynexalt
[ mood | contemplative ]

Edeyn butt-bumps the door open and sets one bag against it to hold it open, scans the room and sets her other baggage on a "bunk"

She unshoulders her bowcase, and sets it in a corner, then sits to wait for the other two to get there

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A moment to unwind [09 Sep 2005|06:12pm]

sal_ferrari
[ mood | pleased ]

Sal finishes unloading the last box of games and places them next to the computer. ** Gotta remember to hook up the other keyboard and load the software... once I know whether I need to use Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, and/or Romaji for class. Gaia, I can't believe I learned all those characters... ** He looks at the bare walls. ** Gotta see what swag I can find to fill those with ** He looks over at the stuff that isn't his, appraising it for things they don't need more than one of. ** Oh well, we'll figure this out eventually... **

Sal makes sure everything's set up properly for his PS2 and starts playing Onimusha 2.

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Maya's room, at the Miyagawa School [09 Sep 2005|05:50pm]

maya_garou
[ mood | tired and wired ]

Finally, the computer was set up, the speakers attached, her clothes unpacked, the bed made, her posters on the wall over that bed. She opened the window as wide as it would go and decided, at long last, that it was time for a smoke. After she booted up her computer and started Windows Media Player--and Faith & the Muse began wailing from the speakers on the desk--she unwrapped the cellophane wrapper from a pack of American Spirits, shook one out, and lit it, doing her best to keep the smoke from blowing into the room (just in case her roommate had a major problem with smoking, and besides, who wants their room to smell like an ash tray).

When she was finished with her smoke, she picked up the electric guitar, plugged it into the small amplifier, and began playing and singing along with "Scars Flown Proud"--

We Are The Inheritors: The Evidence of Heaven
Descendants of a Legacy gone but not Forgotten
We Are The Inheritors of the Grand Persuasion
Descendants of its Masquerade Numb but not Defeated

Welcome to the silent war, to the world we never hoped to gain
The great Disguise Wandering between two realms,
One dead the other rarely dwells beyond our eyesLest we be sorely recognized

What little good intentions seem
But obviate the bloom of self esteem We'll save our prayers
Inured to wounds from bleeding minds Where Wisdom dares not mix with Time Never Fear
They'll age they'll change they'll disappear

In every dance no steps are placed And every path mistakes are made
And if all paths lead but to the grave Then let us dance along our way

Gliding from room to room all cast in celebrated gloom With no where yet to rest our head
Waiting for a door to open from within and bring us home Lest we possess our souls again

You Are A Wonder And I Will Sing Your Praise


((OOC: Links to sound sample of this and other F&tM songs on the same album can be found here, at amazon.com for those who might be curious as to what this song sounds like.))

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Welcome to Japan! (Late afternoon, 30 August 2005) [08 Sep 2005|09:07am]

emerald_mod
[ mood | excited ]

Flight 885 finally touches down at Kansai International Airport, and its passengers disembark.

After passing through Customs and other officialdom, everyone emerges into the hustle and bustle of Kansai International. Billboards hawk everything from perfume to electronics to handbags, and announcements in at least three languages blare from the public address system at intervals of about every ten minutes. The smells of perfume, food, and human perspiration mingle in the air. The sound of the crowd and their various conversations is an almost constant dull roar.

Standing in the receiving area of the concourse are three young men and two young women, all Asian, holding a large, gaily-decorated banner that reads, in English and Japanese, "MIYAGAWA SCHOOL WELCOMES EXCHANGE STUDENTS!"

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Japan Air Lines Flight 885, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean [29 Aug 2005|12:30pm]

emerald_mod
The "Fasten Seat Belts" sign goes off as the jumbo jet reaches its cruising altitude, and smiling Japanese flight attendants in crisp blue uniforms begin to make their way up and down the aisles taking beverage orders (soft drinks, water, and juice; no alcohol).

The seats are arranged in three rows of three seats each, with aisles between them. Each seat has a socket for the entertainment headset, a volume control, and a call button for the flight attendant in the arm. A copy of Wings, the JAL in-flight magazine, sits in each seat pocket (along with in-flight movie and music listings, it also has a number of articles on Japanese culture, from both an American and a Japanese perspective), along with a laminated card detailing the emergency information (the location of the exits, how to put on oxygen masks and life preservers, and so on) that was covered in a film shortly after takeoff.

The magazine indicates that the in-flight movie is Star Wars Episode III (offered either in the orginal English or dubbed into Japanese), and that there are classical, popular, Japanese, and New Age music programs.

The captain informs the passengers in both English and Japanese that dinner and breakfast will be served on this flight; there is a choice between broiled chicken with vegetables or chicken curry over rice for dinner (both include beverage and dessert), and the breakfast offerings are either a continental breakfast or a Japanese one.

((OOC: Have fun, folks!))
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