Reika-sama – 147

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Tsukimi (月見) or Otsukimi (お月見), literally moon-viewing, also known as Jugoya (十五夜), refers to Japanese festivals honouring the autumn moon, a version of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Tsukimi traditions include displaying decorations made from Japanese pampas grass (susuki) and eating rice dumplings called Tsukimi dango in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon. Seasonal produce are also displayed as offerings to the moon.

The shadow on the moon is said to be the result of the shade of the magic Katsura Tree, which cannot be cut down. A man being punished by the gods was sentenced to cut down a giant Katsura Tree on the moon, but it grows back and he can never leave.


With the Athletics Carnival coming up, as well as cram school, my after-school lessons, as well as the Bea-tan doll, each week was just swamped with things to do.

The Bea-tan doll was particularly bad. Since training for the Athletics Carnival made me so physically exhausted that I always went to bed the moment I got home. At this rate the doll wouldn’t have any progress at all!

I had planned on asking the other club members for advice but they were so busy with the wedding dress and their own projects that I couldn’t find the chance to. I was actually the club member with the most free time.

‘I should probably help somehow~ But there just isn’t much that I could do~’ I had thought, but my new Vice President, Azai-san, told me,

“As the boss, all we need you to do is be our rock.”

Boss… I was the boss, wasn’t I? What if the day came when they all started calling me ‘Boss Lady’…?

Anyway, our only male member, Minami-kun, was really proving his worth as far as the wedding dress was concerned.

“Your embroidery skills are truly remarkable, Minami-kun…” I praised him.

“I’m not that good. I’ve just been doing it for a long time is all…” he shyly disagreed.

No, really, he was so good that it would be fine even if he boasted about it.

“Ummm… By the way, Minami-kun. Is it true that Ririna has been calling you ‘Shop Boy’?”

“Eh-, ah, yes,” he replied as his eyes swam.

Oh my god! That idiot, Ririna!

“I must apologise. I only just heard about it. That girl has been too disrespectful of you. I will make sure to tell her off myself, so could you please forgive her? I truly am sorry.”

“No! I don’t really hate it or anything! Well, I mean I did at first but I’m actually quite fond of it now. Really.”

“Eh-, you like it!?”

Was Minami-kun actually some sort of masochist?!

“Ummm… Ever since Kotou-san began calling me ‘Shop Boy’ other people who never spoke to me before used that name to talk to me. I’ve made more friends thanks to that too. And before I was ‘Shop Boy’ she called me Apprentice(Minarai). My name Minami Raita can be shortened that way, right? And isn’t ‘Shop Boy’ better than ‘Apprentice’?”

“I honestly have no idea…”

“Really? I think ‘Shop Boy’ is definitely better.”

…Minami-kun, are you sure you haven’t been brainwashed? Well, as long as he was happy I suppose.

“If Ririna ever causes you trouble, please do let me know at once.”

“Gosh, she wouldn’t. Oh, but could I actually ask you one thing?”

“What is it?”

Minami-kun looked down as he fiddled with his knitting needles.

“What do you think Kotou-san thinks about boys who like handicrafts…?”

Eh…?

*

*

The towel thing had blown up even more.

“Oh yeah. Shuusuke lent me it once, and I liked it so I bought one too,” Kaburagi had said, which caused a little boom. By now pretty much all the girls in Suiran were using that towel.

I asked Yukino-kun,

“Enjou-sama uses that towel as well, does he not?”

“Did you not like it? I’m sorry… It just seemed so nice that I bought one for Oniisama as well…”

He seemed so down that I denied it in a panic.

“I liked it very much!”

Yukino-kun was kind, so it made sense that he bought one for his beloved Niisama. I guess it couldn’t be helped then…? Yeah.

*

*

More confident now after the summer, I had put my name down for the 100 metre sprint. Just like I did every morning with Coach Mihara, I made sure to stretch before I began training. Thanks to school I could only run on weekends now but 100 metres was still no problem for me.

Just running 100 metres that is. My speed was another matter, I soon realised. Oh dear…

Still, now that I was registered for it I could only give my all!

During my practice sprints, sometimes I ended up with Wakaba-chan once in a while. I guess she signed up for it too.

Today, Wakaba-chan and I were lined up at the start line. I overheard a girl from her class whisper,

“You get it, right…?”

Hm?

Throughout the sprint, Wakaba-chan was making good time. But then just before we reached the finish line, she began to slow. Eh!? What the heck was this!?

“You were so fast, Reika-sama!” the people around me praised when I passed the goal, but just now that match was totally fixed, wasn’t it…

What the heck! What happened to sportsmanship!? I wouldn’t be happy even if I won like this!

Wakaba-chan’s expression didn’t betray a thing. She didn’t look like she minded at all. But I* minded. It was match fixing. I could let it slide this time since we were just practising, but it would be a huge issue if we did this on the day.

I called out to her without hesitation.

“Excuse me, Takamichi-san.”

“Yes?” she asked in surprise.

“You lost on purpose just now.”

“Eh? I, uhhh…”

I could see her looking at our spectators, unsure of what to do. It was obvious that everybody was watching us, my followers included.

“Winning because somebody handed me the victory does not make me happy in the slightest. Stop trying to accommodate me and just run as fast as you can. If I lose to you then that is simply proof that I am lacking.”

“Aahh… All right.”

Ruining the race with match fixing would just spoil everybody’s fun. It would spoil my fun too. Plus, if that Athletics Carnival maniac found out about it he would be angry for sure.

I think everybody cooperated because I lost pretty much every time after that.

*

The group I was assigned to for the real sprint was filled with girls even slower than I was. They really were accomodating me…

*

*

*

Each night I worked on Bea-tan’s parts while I fought to stay awake. The Kaburagi family invited me to a moon-viewing party but I of course declined. As If I had time for that. Moon-viewing parties were just eating parties for me anyway. I made sure to eat a lot at home.

Since it was a waste not to celebrate though, I decorated my room with susuki pampas grass and watched the moon on my own with salted bean daifuku to eat.

Sometimes I shocked myself with how refined I was.

Since tomorrow was a weekend I stayed up extra late to get more needle felting done.

Lately I had been shutting myself in my room the moment I got home. I guess Otousama finally got curious became he came to my room to check up on me.

“Otousama has been worried about you, Reika,” he said, “Lately you haven’t been leaving your room except to eat.”

“I apologise for that. However, I am quite busy preparing for the school festival,” I replied without stopping my hands.

I have no idea what he was thinking but he began talking about helping me out. Maybe he was trying to bond with me or something. Apparently he thought he could do it too after just watching me a few times.

“What do we have here. Otousama will do the torso,” he said.

“Do you know how, Otousama?”

“What do you mean ‘do I know’. It’s easy. Leave it to Otousama.”

But despite talking big the Tanuki was unbelievably bad!

“Otousama! You have broken off part of the needle inside! Aah! The torso is all flattened now!”

“Ohh! Sorry! Don’t worry though, if I do this…”

“Noooo! Just stop touching it! This part is dented now! Waaaah!”

Don’t joke with me, Tanuki! The torso was half-done already and you ruined it! God, what the hell! What the hell was this!

“Get out!” I screamed on the verge of tears.

God, I quit! I was going to sleep!

“Otousama was wrong. Forgive me, Reika,” I heard from beyond the door, but it was no concern of mine! This tanuki could just go repent by cutting down the katsura tree on the moon!

I was laying in bed with my pillow over my face. It was impossible for me to make it on time now! God, I was just sick of everything!

*

The next morning, Otousama’s secretary Sasajima-san came to visit.

“Reika-ojousama, apparently something happened…?”

Since Oniisama was on a business trip and apparently Otousama couldn’t wipe his own butt, he even went and called Sasajima-san here on a day off. What the hell was this tanuki doing!

“Sorry for wasting your weekend, Sasajima-san.”

“Please do not mind it. Do you think you could show me the handicrafts project you were working on?”

I said that it was fine again and again but he insisted, so I reluctantly brought the parts to the living room.

“I see…”

Sasajima-san began examining the torso from multiple angles.

“I’ll be borrowing this for a moment,” said Sasajima-san before using the needle to pull on the wool in the dented parts. Ehhh!?

Before long, Sasajima-san had skilfully restored the parts that Otousama ruined, and after some consultation of the design sheet, even finished the torso entirely.

“You’re amazing!”

“I am honoured.”

That was a capable secretary for you! To think that even handicrafts was child’s play!

All that was left were the head and legs. And the legs were almost done. Didn’t that mean I would make it on time!?

“Thank you so much, Sasajima-san!”

“It was no problem at all. Ojousama, do you think you could make up with your father now?”

“…Yes.”

In consideration to Sasajima-san who had given up his day with his family for this, I decided to forgive Otousama. I still had to thank him as well though. We had received a lot of dried fish as mid-year gifts, so I offered him as much as he wanted. Oh! Otousama had some good alcohol too, didn’t he? Here, take some! Oh, and some of Okaasama’s super high class bathing powders from France. I really recommend them, they’ll help keep you moisturised in the coming season. Oh, and sweets! Take some sweets too.

“And Sasajima-san, please do not forget to claim weekend penalty pay as well, all right?”

“You say some surprisingly working class things, don’t you, Ojousama…”

With gifts in both hands, Sasajima-san was seen off by Otousama and I.

“Otousama, please do not trouble your secretary with every little thing.”

“Got it…”

“And besides the weekend rates, make sure to give him a bonus too.”

“Got it…”

“Naturally all of this will be coming out of your own pocket, Otousama.”

“Got it…”


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79 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 147”

    1. “The group I was assigned to for the real sprint was filled with girls even slower than I was. They really were accomodating me…”

      Reika is really excessively doted upon by the Suiran’s female population isn’t she? I mean, she’s super adorable so I understand their feelings, but more and more I feel like they’re treating her like she’s their kid…

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      1. “Since it was a waste not to celebrate though, I decorated my room with susuki pampas grass and watched the moon on my own with salted bean daifuku to eat.
        Sometimes I shocked myself with how refined I was.”

        I aim to be as refined as you are Reika-sama.

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  1. Okay, I get that you were mad Reika-sama, but bullying your father like this even after he fixed what he ruined is not cool. He just wants to be with his lovely little girl.

    You’ve been destroying his self-esteem for your ENTIRE LIFE, seriously girl, give the poor old man some family time.

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        1. but it just goes to show how much the tanuki care for his daughter to even trouble his secretary on his day off. It’s funny how the tanuki didn’t try to consult his wife for such thing. He’s such a good dad in that his spoils his ladies to such extremes. I really like the tanuki in the story a lot. In some ways, he’s even cooler than the Karaguri guy, which for someone who’s the ML, we don’t hear a lot about.

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      1. Not to mention that it IS pretty inconsiderate to try/test his abilities on another person’s project if he’s never done it before. At least have an idea of what you’re doing/able to do before offering to help.

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      1. Because technically tanuki-papa is the head of the company, while onii-sama is still in training. However, above tanuki-papa is Reika, the hidden Boss Lady, who controls from behind the scenes with a firm grasp on immensely lucrative connections. Typical of secret heads, her powerful influence on said comapany is well camouflaged and thus difficult to perceive.

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    1. She would have if she was the original Reika and actively destructive. Right now she is somewhat spoiled (adjusting for her level of wealth), capricious, and dramatic; in other words, preciously adolescent.

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  2. Ayy…seriously..classic tanuki dad moment. He meant well, and his heart is in the right place, but its just the skills that are lacking. Keep fighting! One day you will finally do something right.

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  3. omg i love Reika-sama’s interaction with her dad. I just love the tanuki!!!! furthermore, i think off of reika’s gene came from her dad, because they’re both really bad with handicrafts.
    On the other hand, what they lack for in handicrafts, they made up for in ethics and righteousness. I really am a big fan of this story even though I really want our MC to find her own romance already.

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    1. Remember no matter how adorable he is with his family, Tanuki-papa has some pretty dubious prejudices. It’s not clear whether the charges against him were true, but in the original manga he was accused of unethical dealings as well, so calling him “righteous” is a bit…
      Sometimes she does overdo it, but honestly most of the time I think Reika’s warnings are good for the Tanuki. Tough love and all that.

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  4. Poor father. I guess Reika is driving by her preconception of Kimidol and forgot to remember that her father is actually changing now. Sometimes it’s funny, but sometimes I don’t really get it with Reika’s attitude toward her father.

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    1. No see, Ririna and Shop Boy are going to get together just to remind Reika of her place in the Village. Even Kaburagi has left the Village with Wakaba.

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  5. “As If I had time for that. Moon-viewing parties were just eating parties for me anyway. I made sure to eat a lot at home.” Yup, that’s the same as me. I don’t really go out of my rock even if there are parties or stuff.😑 I don’t have much ‘life’

    Anyways, I really think that Enjou lent Bakaburagi the towel to him so the rumors of him and Reika-sama would go down. Cause he probably thinks that it’s gonna be a dilemma for Reika-sama or he just wants to shot that rumor down. 😂😂😂 still lucky, company owner of the towel😂

    And TANUKI-gambare! Fight-o show your Tanuki papa powers🔥 But really, Reika-sama’s soooo fierce even to the poor tanuki😂

    Thank you Este for the chapter!!

    And experienced peeps please join the tashinami scanlation!! If…if only I can do it I would have willingly become the slave of the tashinami scans. For my beloved Duke’s Daughter and fierce Iris. 💕💕💕

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  6. Yukino has her completely wrapped around his finger by now.
    “I guess it couldn’t be helped then…? Yeah” Is that doubt I see? And also denial! …I understand Reika, I’m also denying…

    I’m oficially aboard the Ririna X Minami ship.

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  7. thnx for the chapter
    and reika almost cause a problem for wakaba, does she have a little bad memory? the pivoine president would skin wakaba alive at the first oportunity

    and poor tanuki, he is not bad just a little rough

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  8. No, Reika’s right. He’s definitely been brainwashed. But it is high school, so it’s to be expected. XDD

    (shipping glasses-ON) Yukino, you evil little matchmaker, you…Uwah, he’s too skilled. I’ve been tricked! T-T

    And once again, Reika’s in an event she didn’t fully think through before committing herself to. But I was able to get a peek of goddess Kali. ~kyaa And that poor tanuki…

    “I still had to think him as well though.” <– shouldn't that be "thank"?

    Thank you for the newest update!

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  9. Thank you for the chapter!

    “Still, now that I was registered for it I could only give me all!” I think it should be give it my all.

    LOL the tanuki was so confident about the needle felting that I thought that he could do it, then Sasajima comes to the rescue.

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  10. All that was left were the head and legs. And the legs were almost done. Didn’t think mean I would make it on time!?
    –> Didn’t that mean

    Susuki pampas grass in her room for moon viewing… wow. Refined indeed.
    I hope Sasajima-san also got the broken needle out of the plush. That would be quite dangerous if anyone were to be squishing it in the future.
    And I’m happy Reika has a big hand/is generous. I like the way she spends money.

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  11. Ruining the race with match fixing would just spoil everybody’s fun. It would spoil my fun too. Plus, if that Athletics Carnival maniac found out about it he would be angry for sure..
    hmm.. that ‘Athletics Carnival Maniac’.. she actually means the ’emperor’ kaburagi, right?

    now it seems funny to me to read the saying: the Emperor is a Maniac😆

    The group I was assigned to for the real sprint was filled with girls even slower than I was. They really were accomodating me…

    yes.. they had done their best to make it as you wish, Reika.. shouldn’t you at least praise them a bit?
    now.. now they know already that she does not want to win the race unfairly, but for them the queen must be the winner.. so they just had to replace the contestants.. such a brilliant idea that they have to placate your little wish right Reika-san?

    ohh.. and thank you Este-san for translating the chapters again..

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  12. Boss… I was the boss, wasn’t I? What if the day came when they all started calling me ‘Boss Lady’…?

    didn’t they already think of that and it was indoctrinated deep in their heart, Reika-女王様😂

    it will be more refined though to keep calling her as the Queen.. of Suiran..😃

    “As the boss, all we need you to do is be our rock”
    be our rock
    a rock..
    definition:
    used in similes and metaphors to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard.
    hey.. be proud of yourself Reika-san! they think of you as their strong and reliable supporter!😀😊 with your name and existence only you’ve already impressed them all!

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  13. Maybe I should have replied earlier but one aspect of this chapter I feel is unappreciated is how Reika tells Wakaba that she wants her to run seriously. By stating in front of the whole population that she will get angry if people give up to her is she not protecting people who win against her. After all the whole school loves Reika and they might get angry at people who win against her if she did not say something like this. Go Reika you have your own running pride!

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