Reika-sama – 108

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Woke up early this morning to do this before work.


Read this short story: http://intranslation.brooklynrail.org/japanese/under-the-cherry-blossoms

Skim these short articles:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koban_(coin)

http://www.treasurestories.com/Asia/Japan/TokugawaShogunate.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanasaka_Jiisan


“Mmhuhuhuhuhu…!”

I looked at all the zeroes in my bank book. There was now enough to put me through four years of private university. If somehow I failed to make it into a public one, I could still get an education.

Hmmm… But expenses besides the tuition were still a worry. Would I be able to earn enough if I worked a part-time job while attending? If it was just myself it might not be too bad but paying for my family’s food would be tough. That tanuki’s in particular.
Maybe I’d really have to study harder to earn a scholarship.

“I wonder if there isn’t some get rich scheme out there somewhere…”

Maybe finding buried treasure or something.
I had a look around my house and our villa before but nothing ever came up. I had hoped to find at least one koban.
Hahhh… ‘Get rich quick’… ‘Easy money’… What wonderful words. To be honest I was more the type who preferred to wait around for good fortune.
Huh. Wasn’t there a story about a dog finding treasure? Maybe I could take Beatrice with me into the mountains to look for some. Cocker spaniels were originally hunting dogs, weren’t they? Maybe I’d try Mount Akagi first?

*

“This is just for you, Kisshouin-san.”

Umewaka-kun the dog lover gave me some sweets for White Day along with a self-made postcard of Bea-tan.

‘Thanks for the chocolates. They were really yummy!’ said the message from Bea-tan.

Moriyama-san’s reaction to the words ‘just for you’ was a little scary. You can have it if you want. The postcard.

It seems that Dog Lover-kun was working to support Beatrice. And apparently that was where he had made the money for his White Day presents to Beatrice. Clothing and a hair accessory.
To begin with, giving a White Day present meant that he got Valentines chocolate from Bea-tan, right? I joked as much to him, only to be told,

“Of course! Our love is mutual!”

with a smile. …I see~
Sorry to Moriyama-san but it might have been better to give up on this guy… Apparently he already had a girlfriend.

I wonder if a dog spoilt so rotten would still have their instincts. Some of the photos I’d seen had featured Bea-tan frolicking in the waves at the beach but I’d never seen her muddy on a mountain. Maybe my dream of having buried coins dug up left and right would be a bit much for this sheltered girl.
Aahh… I suppose if I had time to daydream I might as well spend it thinking about ideas I could actually implement. A life of living on royalties… My life of living on unearned income…
I headed to my grab my notepad from my desk. Maybe I’d consider household goods first.

*

*

I met up with Sakura-chan during the spring break. It was getting warmer these days. I ordered a hot chocolate, thinking it might be my last for a while. Hot chocolate was delicious.

“My. That’s cute necklace, Reika.”

“Uhuhu, isn’t it? I got this from Tomoe-senpai and Kasumi-sama for White Day.”

I held it up proudly so that she could see it better.

“By Tomoe-senpai, you mean that boy you used to like? Did you still like him?”

“No, no, I just think he’s really cool. Plus, Tomoe-senpai already has Kasumi-sama.”

I told her about what happened at graduation. Sakura-chan seemed to find it really dreamy too.

“I wonder if Takumi wouldn’t come for my graduation. Maybe he could make a dramatic statement at Yurinomiya.”

“Nah, something like that might be a bit much for him.”

“Hey, are you making fun of Takumi?”

“That’s not what I meant. Some people are just suited to different things.”

Speaking of which, her unrequited love had actually been going for a long time. It sounded fine put like that, but if you thought about it maybe this kind of stubborn love made her similar to Kaburagi. Since they were the same sort, maybe Kaburagi should have asked Sakura-chan for advice?
Oh, I know. Maybe I’d give her that anthology. I didn’t have it with me today so maybe I’d mail it to her house later.

“That’s some expression you’re wearing. What are you scheming, Reika?”

“Eh-, you’re imagining thingsss~”

“…I don’t know what you’re thinking but if you do something stupid I won’t forgive you.”

“Okay…”

Tsk.

“Speaking of which, on White Day Maihama Ema was kicking up a fuss about how she was going to get something from your Emperor.”

“Ehh! Kaburagi…-sama gave her a White Day present? Maihama-san?”

Kaburagi got a mountain of chocolate each year but I’d never heard of him giving anything back. Except to Yurie-sama of course.
Was he really treating Maihama-san as special? It was hard to imagine from his behaviour on Valentine’s though.

“Then the next day she started avoiding the topic. She wouldn’t tell us what she received, so it was probably a lie. She probably needed to show off to girls who actually got something from someone. There are actually a lot of girls there who believe that she’s close with the Emperor, but what’s the truth like?”

“Who knows…? I’m not all that close with Kaburagi-sama myself so I couldn’t say. I was surprised that she came all the way to Suiran to give him Valentine’s chocolate though.”

“Ahh, she did announce something about giving him chocolate and then spending time with him. Takumi said it almost caused a riot. Maihama Ema has always been acting like Emperor’s girlfriend but it’s gotten even worse this year. As ‘Emperor’s girlfriend’ she’s even been complaining to girls who gossip about how great he is.”

“Uwahh…”

Maihama-san was even more embarrassing than expected. Even Kisshouin Reika in the manga hadn’t spread terrifying lies about being his girlfriend.
Oh, I know. What if I gave the anthology to her? She’d treasure it if she knew it was Kaburagi’s beloved book. Since she wasn’t given anything on White Day, it could be a consolation prize from me. Now then, how would I send it over?

*

*

Since there was homework for the break I had Marin-sensei help. I had things to learn during the spring break too so it felt like I would be spending the whole time studying. Some of my friends were going out to have fun though… Maybe I’d get in touch with Aoi-chan?
While I was in my room, seeing how long I could keep a pencil on my lip for, my mother came smiling with an invitation in hand.

It was an invitation to a sakura-viewing party hosted by the Kaburagi family.
Most of the invitees to this party were adults so each year I had gotten out of going with my parents. This time it had specifically mentioned ‘Reika-san’ though, so it would be hard to get out of.
Ugehh~ I really didn’t wanna go. Obviously I didn’t want anything to do with them, and I didn’t even like viewing cherry blossoms at night. I mean, sure, sakura were pretty in the daytime, but at night they became a little scary.
Didn’t people used to say that there were corpses buried underneath them…?

Okaasama was already talking about picking out a furisode for me. A girl in a furisode, at night, with a cherry blossom tree. It was already starting to sound like some horror story…
While I was thinking about how to get out of it, I decided to fall ill.
First I tried a cold bath. It was so cold that I couldn’t stay in for more than a minute. I thought my heart was going to stop. My lips were all purple and I couldn’t stop the chattering. Cold! Dying! But maybe I’d catch a cold and get out of it all! I could already see a fever tomorrow.
Cold, cold, so damned cold. I got into bed shivering but when I woke up there wasn’t even a sneeze.
I checked myself for any signs of illness, but I still had my appetite and health.
My body was surprisingly tough. Damn it…

Okay then. Maybe I’d try eating something rotten next…


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99 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 108”

      1. No way, there is no way those 2 will hook up, she has zero interest in him, and they have very little interaction. Wakaba chan go get bakaburagi!

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        1. Wakaba has even less interaction with Kaburagi though…In the game/anime/novel (forgot…lol) plot, Wakaba only interacted and got close with Kaburagi due to Reika’s bullying. That didn’t really happen, so Kaburagi hasn’t really been interacting with Wakaba as much. Rather, the way the past few chapters are sounding, Maihama ended up being a new character sort of filling in Reika’s “obnoxious” role, while Reika ended up in Wakaba’s heroine position.

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          1. If hes competitive in everything now that hes got his mojo back, she might encourage his competitive spirit to recharge, with her as his target to overcome, they may end up interacting together, and the sealing anti devil properties of Bakaburagi might end up being in Wakaba chans hands. Im hoping so, Im really hoping for that, I dont want him and Reika ending up together that just makes me vomit. Id rather she end up an old spinster than be with that thing!

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    1. She already Tempted Fate a couple of chapters ago saying that it was peaceful, so there ia no way she is getting away.

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        1. I can already imagine it.

          Reika: Here, Maihama-san. Since Kaburagi-sama didn’t properly give you a White Day gift, I decided to give you one. Please make sure to troughly read it, Kaburagi-sama seemed to enjoy it and gave it to me the other day (White Day).

          Ema: (Is she picking a fight!?)

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  1. So Reika is beautiful, smart and even have a op body (which she doesn’t take care of though), maybe Reika had even the potential to be Enjou’s and Kaburagi’s equal ?

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    1. Yes, exactly that. They don’t call her “leader of the girls” for nothing. And the one who was class rep together with her in 3rd year of middle school once labeled her as “female version of Kaburari”
      She just underestimates herself too much while paranoid about the all high and mighty Emperor and his right arm man can crush her like in the manga she read in her previous life even though the chance for it to happen now is really low since she got herself a scary girls gang and king of OPness oniisama xD

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      1. Nah, Reika is just average. The only thing about her that isn’t average is probably her looks (i.e. nice looks and classic hourglass figure) and her poker face. Sort of. She’s a miserable liar when she’s scheming something, but if it’s just about etiquette and presenting herself publicly then she’s probably very good at that.

        She’s not exactly dumb, but not exactly smart. She’s clumsy at most things, even when she’s motivated to do them well (i.e. cooking and knitting). People who are actually motivated to do well but are smart are basically going to be Kaburagi, Wakaba and Enjou — who all consistently place top five. (Kaburagi is hyper-competitive and actually puts in a lot of effort, as shown by how he trains for cavalry battle. Enjou likely doesn’t take it to the same insane extreme and is content to let Kaburagi win.)

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  2. I suppose the little jokes about the occult and hexes and luck are all proof of Reika’s true intelligence… and her delusion of a domesticated Cocker Spaniel finding treasure on Mt.Akiba shows how ditzy she is.

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  3. Pfffftttt….. this is all gonna turn into reika trying to get over tomoe-sempai in kaburagi’s eyes huh…….

    Suicide by ice bath….
    Suicide by eating rotten foods……(though i think she could just try eating her own cooking to get sick…..)
    what next…..

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  4. I just can’t help but adore every little Sakura – Reika interaction 💓
    Two high class ladies of diametrically opposite spectrums in the eyes of society getting along so sincerely well without any pretentions make for such a lovely heartwarming scene aww

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  5. That short story…. our armpits “certainly no stickier than semen.” What? I don’t even…
    Anyways, thanks for the chapter! I appreciate how you always give us the little stories and cultural bits.

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  6. Lol~ why would you want to skip out on seeing that dashing dad? Jk jk xD. The plot progress is too strong for Reika to escape tho. Probs won’t get sick until the party happens lolol. Thanks for the chapter!

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  7. Thanks for the chapter!

    Ahahahaha, Reika… the lengths you’ll go to… are rather scary…

    But Furisodes are pretty~ I want one~ And a new yukata probably, ah wait… but I don’t even wear mine… haaah…

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  8. Sakura-chan is *very* sharp. I want her to meet Bakaburagi + Enjou and get her opinion of the two. Would she be able to spot their true selves?

    Reika…please treasure your health.

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  9. Haha. Reika wants to use Beatrice as a hunting dog to find treasure lmao. Such desperate measures. I’m sure that Baka dog lover wouldn’t allow it!!
    What a nice conversation between friends. Lol. Ganbatte sakura…
    Another funny desperate escape from meeting the kaburagi family.

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    1. I also love how she’s trying to get rid of Kaburagi’s anthology. She could just shelve it somewhere and forget about it, but no. Absolutely not. She’s willing to publicly spurn his gift by hurling it at Maihama.

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  10. Oh, Reika-sama… Can’t wait for her to accidentally create an incident with Maihama-sama. Or capture her, like she did with Ririna. Just stay away from that violent Kaburagi boy! He’s cursed…

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  11. Thnx for the chapter

    And is so funny to see the two older couples trying to make their beloved and stupid son and daughter date, from a wicked POV they are a matching couple.

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  12. Many thanks Fluffy-sama!

    Lol. Its ok Reika-chan. You can always beg your Onii-san to take you away. No doubt he would protect you from it.

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  13. Reika-sama: Kaburagi-sama’s parents, while I am not sure why you’re so eager to invite me to your social gathering all the time and invite me to your house, I appreciate the courtesy… but I certainly don’t want to have anything to do with your tyrannic son in any romantic capacity. It’s my destruction flag, so no, thank you.

    Even if general population in school, my parents and the two of you for some reason thinks I would make a good in law for you, I can’t see the stalker, sport festival idiot with zero common sense as potential boyfriend.

    Back in my previous world when this world, I also fangirl and feel envious of Yurie-sama and Wakaba-chan to be fancied by seemingly perfect emperor. When it’s 2D, it’s dreamy but when it become reality… ha ha ha no thanks, I have seen how much trouble he brought to Yurie-sama. I’d stay faaaaaaaaaaaaar away from any flag from him, please leave me in peace with junk food and convenience store snack.

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  14. To be fair she is aware that she is living in the world of a Visual Novel. Have you seem the plots and lucky breaks of some of those? But is still naive to think she will fibd treasure if none of the characters in that game did.

    And really she is lucky she isn’t in a romance game where the MC can just buy cheat items with cash.

    I honesty see her more as childish than an idiot.

    She is quite smart as getting out of situations she doesn’t want to be agen she doesn’t mind being rude. Or fixing situations when she stops being polite.

    And Reika if you wanna get sick, you could just buy and drink certain type of oil…

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    1. Reika is definitely a lot smarter/more cunning than other certain MCs in her situation, but there are still plenty of times when common sense seems to leave her completely too… so she’s most likely not going to get sick ~^^~

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  15. Umm, Reika. Please don’t give Bakaburagi’s unlucky item to Sakura. She’ll definitely kill you,,, =_=||| Yes, better to give it to Maihama (if anyone should deserve an unlucky love item…)

    Oh Reika, you definitely won’t be able to catch a cold… XDD (cough)

    Thank you for your translations and reference pages (that neighbor was the worst!)

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  16. So now, I realize I have a need.
    A mighty need to see fanart of Reika and Bakarina together.
    Having the fanciest tea party.
    By tea party, I mean, sharing a massive buffet.
    Cuz, you know. They’re both massive gluttons.

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      1. Ha…haha…ha *ORZ+facepalm combo* Would not that end really bad somehow? Ah, I can see it already. The Village Chief trying to send away the Bad Luck Idol as a gift for the Harem Master(?), only for it to be reflected by the Impenetrable Defense Squad and made to marry each other by royal decree, Harem Master(?) knowing nothing about it and sending them some fresh vegetable as a wedding gift.

        … Wanna see it~

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    1. Yes but Bakarina never gets fat while our baby Tanuki does! and who exactly would fall for the other, wont they just cancel each other out? and what would happen to their followers, even though technically … Reika doesnt have love love followers… which is a fucking shame!

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  17. Thank you so much for waking up early and giving us our daily dose of addiction.
    🙂

    It’s srsly funny how Reika-sama is still looking for ways to get rid of the anthology of poems soaked in Bakaburagi’s 2 months worth of bitterness. Give it a few more years and it’s gonna be a bona fide limited edition curse item, which will be a sought item of some cult😂

    Sakura trees at night hmm, indeed it does seem scary. Heard this from my jap. Friend before and there are indeed some folklores with monks, youkais or samurais’ bloody death and stuff 😆 Anyways I’m feeling super hype for this Ohanami with the Kaburagis~😂😂😂😂

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      1. A one hit-kill kind of item~ or maybe it’s an item with the attribute of darkness, the one where it slowly sucks away all the good flags and later on the life out of Reika-sama.

        Nonetheless it is associated with death. True enough.
        Weird thing is I keep on imagining it as a super rare item that can be consider on the same level as an UMA for the Kaburagi cultist.

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  18. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    Reika-sama is great, as always she’s doing her best to avoid the kaburagi’s, lol. which is really quite impossible, with her dear mother being like that XD!

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  19. Instead of ruining her body, she could try ruining the party instead so it would get cancelled? :)

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  20. Reika, gurl, if you want some quick buck why not copy Kimidol’s Kaburagi and and invest your money in some companies? You can even invest his company while you’re at it?

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    1. It wouldn’t surprise me if her family *does* own several small companies and majority share in others. Probably the most realistic method of sustaining a living the way that she wants is to own a few businesses.

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      1. Or be a CEO herself. If only she doesn’t think of shitty ideas. (No, Reika, adding unnecessary things on food is a good idea)

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        1. I don’t think that’d sit well with her since her biggest fear is Kaburagi (or somebody like them) doing a hostile takeover. So she’d want a business where’s she’s the sole owner and which isn’t easy to disrupt without going out of your way to hurt every other business in the same sector.

          Actually, now that I say that, it does seem to me that the Kisshouin family fortune is almost entirely corporate with nothing of it being soley owned, which is why Kaburagi and Kisshouin seem to refer to each other as co-chairs.

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