Mune and Mura: Chapter 1 Scene 1

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Mune followed the cherry blossom road towards Himeji Castle.  This time of the year was a joyous occasion for the city’s residents, as the trees began their newest cycle of rebirth.  Though the buds were few now, it would be but a week before the trees would be covered in a thick white blanket of blossoms.

The road began its ascent up the hill, where the imposing castle awaited the new recruits.  Having turned thirteen, Mune had set out from his small village to the much larger city.  His parents had given him a small farewell, where they provided him a modest silk robe and the family’s sword.  During his travels, he had become part of a group of boys making the same pilgrimage.  They all spoke excitedly of what awaited them; the beginning of their training to become great warriors.

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