[Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Iaijutsu Tournament - Judge's Circle

A series of tatami floored rooms ring the dojo. At any given time, wooden and bamboo practice swords can be heard clacking or the sensei lecturing students. Peculiarly enough, compared to most dojo, these sensei speak with more questions than orders. Here, one corner of the ground floor has been reserved for guests to practice their own martial arts. At the center, a larger tatami floor spreads against a short conclave of bleachers. The east wall is occupied by a trio of shrines to Mirumoto, Shinsei and Togashi. A single stone at the base marks the grave of Mirumoto Hojatsu. Akin to the shrine in the village, a banner hangs with the words "Neither Will I."
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[Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Iaijutsu Tournament - Judge's Circle

Postby Togashi Gozato » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:35 pm

The interior of the Iron Mountain Dojo has been well-lit by three large braziers and several candles to provide sufficient illumination despite the winter darkness. Standing screens dictating the life and achievements of Mirumoto stand between the main floor of the dojo and the walls. A small, raised area with cushions have been set up for the judges where they can easily observe the participants.

As the judges gather, competitors are welcome to demonstrate their skill.
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Postby Togashi Gozato » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:38 pm

Ensuring the final pieces are in place, Togashi Gozato takes a seat, crossed legged, among the judges area. He is wrapped in his heavy woolen robe, and carries with him a fan today. As it folds out, it reveals a beautifully drawn chrysanthemum in the style of an abstract ink calligraphy. Beneath it is a single word: "Sensei".

Gozato holds the fan lightly, with an obvious affection, as he gives the nod to the students for the tournament to begin and for the competitors and judges to be let in.
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Postby Suzume Kenichi » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:57 pm

Gozato is joined by Kenichi who bows low to the esteemed monk. He seats himself as directed and waits for the other judges to arrive and the display to begin.
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Postby Bayushi Onasugamiso » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:56 pm

Ona joins the judge's circle as a represantitive of the Scorpion. She bows to both the monk and the samurai and kneels next to them awaiting for the demonstration.
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Postby Mirumoto Hatsuto » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:30 pm

Mirumoto Hatsuto bows to and joins the already assembled judges. Taking a seat befitting his station, he turns to Gozato and says, "I hope you don't mind if I help, Gozato-san."
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Postby Iuchi Hiroshige » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:40 am

Hiroshige joins the others who are ready to judge the event, bowing to each already present before taking a seat himself.
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Postby Kaiu Oda » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:38 am

Oda bows to the other judges already present then takes a seat.
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Postby Yoritomo Waito » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:24 am

A monk wearing green approaches but does not enter the judges' enclosure, bowing low before Gozato. "Togashi-sama," he begins, "the Mantis Clan of Rokugan and Zogeku are unable to attend this event due to a most urgent engagement elsewhere. I pass on their most sincere apologies; they dearly would have wished to be here were they able."
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Postby Doji Arami » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:55 pm

Doji Arami bows to all who deserve one, and takes his seat as the representative judge of the noble Crane.
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Postby Togashi Gozato » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:07 pm

Mirumoto Hatsuto wrote:"I hope you don't mind if I help, Gozato-san."


"We are honored by your presence, Mirumoto-sensei," states Togashi Gozato in a deep bow from his seated position. There is pain in his eyes as he straightens, but he gestures for Hatsuto to take the seat of honor reserved for him as the head sensei of the dojo.
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