Translator note: As a Touhou’s fan, I can’t let this chance pass.
Please listen to this song.
By all mean please listen to this song.
It’s important so I write it twice.
Chapter 56: Flower surrounded Town
Words that I said almost unconsciously, are directed to the flower petals in the air.
there are a lot of spectacular cherry blossom trees come into my view while staying on the back of Neguseo.
Sakura trees are planted so that it encloses the entrance of the town and the road extending from there. Cherry blossoms are overflowing on one side of the main street and I can’t take my eyes away.
As I went straight ahead, I saw a big mountain. There are no cherry blossoms there, but a lot of tree make a deep green colour, and it is beautiful as it seems that the mountain is surrounded by cherry blossoms when looking at the scenery.
“It is not in full bloom yet, but it’s still as beautiful as ever”
Kuzuha-chan get off Neguseo and returned to the human form.
The background of cherry blossom petals is a good match for her in Japanese clothes. Her figure and the background make a beautiful picture.
Shaking her colorful fox ears, she looks back to us with a smile.
“How is it Arge-san ? One of the many tourist destinations of the Republic of Yotsuba, this is Sakura-zaka! It is the famous cherry blossom trees that was brought all the way from the capital city Sakura-nomiya!”
“Ha, I see. This is certainly amazing, isn’t it?”
The name is different but I obediently accept it. This is really are a sight for eyes..
It’s sort of a sight that I’m familiar with.
Not to mention the main street where the cherry blossom surrounded, there are many people here wear Japanese clothes, the building is also made of wood, all of them have roofs made from tiles
As if I came to the ancient capital of Japan. I almost forget for a moment that this is a different world.
It feels like I came to the shooting studio of a TV drama. I want to walk around this town for sight seeing.
In any case, it is dangerous riding a horse to enter the town. Thinking that way, I get off the Neguseo.
When I stood on the ground, I felt that the scent of cherry blossoms was more intense. I feel like I’m getting into a nostalgic feeling.
… I did not see cherry blossoms for years.
At that certain time, I could not go outside anymore. The opportunity to see real flowers was lost forever.
There used to be someone who replace flower vase, but she never brought cherry blossoms in front of that room.
Cherry blossoms are weak. Sometimes it withers as soon as it folds. I wonder how she is doing right now. Because she was a kind person. I hope she is doing fine in that world.
It’s been a while since I saw raw cherry blossoms, more like a petal touches my cheeks and hair. Salted cherry blossom is delicious.
“Arge-san, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing, Kuzuha-chan, what do you want to do in this town?”
“Tee hee hee, you will know when we reach there. Come on, let’s go, while hold hand.”
Kuzuha-chan takes my hand with a cheerful appearance. Her right hand holds the reins of Neguseo, and her left hand hold mine.
Because I don’t resist her hand pull, my feet will walk naturally, following Kuzuha-chan. Neguseo follows obediently to the drawn reins.
Cherry blossoms and streets are reflected around our sight, and my own silver hair peeps at the edge.
As I walked, the nostalgia that I felt at the entrance became stronger.
I can feel “harmony” from the scenery here and there, and the whole scenery’s impression is still “nostalgic”. But I still haven’t smell soy sauce and miso yet.
… If this place only have human beings are walking, I will feel that I’m really time slipping in my old world.
People who walk and pass by are mostly human, but many aren’t.
A man with a beast’s ear like Kuzuha-chan.
A brown person who looked like human and reptile, whose body was covered with scales.
A person whose elbows of both hands are on the wings of the birds, the knees to the head are of the humans and the feets are of the birds.
Obviously, I am wandering with various races, not human beings in my world.
It is a lot compared with the kingdom, or the rate of demi-human is high. Since I could not remember the name of this city a while ago, I would like to attach an interesting nickname from one end.
I keep talking with Kuzuha-chan, I should stop that mischief.
“There are quite a lot non-human races”
“This is a sightseeing spot, people gather from various places”
“Most people are in kimono … it seems they are wearing kimonos,”
“There are shop to rent kimono”
“It become more like a ‘Eiga-mura’.” (A movie village, like Toei Kyoto Studio Park)
“Oh, no, never mind that.”
I understand that Kuzuha-chan don’t know such a word, for her it is a different world story.
Although Kuzuha-chan turned her head with my words, she immediately return to lead the way.
Without falling behind, I’m walking in the main street surrounded by cherry blossoms. After a while, the end of the main street came into sight. And at the end of the road there was a building.
A Japanese-style building with a mountain in the back, as if towering above it. It is a two-storey shop, not a flat shop like others.
A large entrance that you can see at a glance that it’s a shop rather than a house, and a wooden sign on it. The letter on the signboard is not the language I know, but it is easy to decipher the meaning. I have that kind of skill.
Almost at the same time I understood what it is written on the sign of the signboard. Kuzuha-chan told me.
The Sakura-zaka signboard is “Sakura garden“ It is an Onsen inn!“
“It’s ‘Sakura garden’.”
I am satisfied with what I could not do earlier and think about the reason why Kuzuha-chan returned here.
… I wanted to take a bath.
Even though I can become neat with my recovery magic, it is more pleasant to take a bath.
Even so, I prefer to take a nap than a bath, I do not think there is any particular problem in the style of not having to take a bath just by removing dirt by the recovery magic.
However, I understand the feeling that it is not tasteful. Indeed, Kuzuha-chan has always been forced to work.
There are still a lot of things she want to do. Beside she just lost her mother, I don’t think she get over her sadness yet. Slowly soak in hot water may calm her down and make her feel better.
“Is there any stable for Neguseo?”
“Yes, of course it is!
“Thank you. Neguseo, can you come over here?”
“Oh, I understand”
I understand from Kuzuha-chan’s guidance that she knows well about this neighborhood.
Perhaps she has been here many times. Maybe she was with her family who is no longer here anymore.
There’s something other than fatigue or injury. I feel like a nostalgic atmosphere from her. (Kuzuha’s heart still isn’t heal yet, MC used to know the nostalgic feeling of hurt)
Well, I will leave her alone for now, if she want to talk I will listen. I pulled the reins of Neguseo according to her guide.