Following the Iajutsu tournament, there were three days of peace in which nothing significant occurred. Chaya asked for (and received) permission to access Shohi-en’s private document storage and spent much of the time studying.
After those three days, the two Lion Clan visitors showed how to celebrate the Lion Festival of the Kami, which involved making sure your equipment is ready for war and then boasting of your achivements. Yarou didn’t do his own boasting – he paid Joshi to do it for him.
Joshi turned the boasts into a roast, making it clear to the party (and several other attendees) that he is not, personally, fond of Yarou. Yarou himself missed that this was happening. In essence, Joshi boasted (on Yarou’s behalf) that Yarou was the best of the third-rate Lions. While boasting that Yarou had not failed at many tasks, he also insinuated that these were not exactly difficult tasks.
Following the Lion Festival of the Kami, there were two weeks of preparations for the New Year’s Festival, which involved a great deal of shopping in town. Chaya happened to notice that several vendors were selling Unicorn goods, but they were mislabeled or misrepresented. She took the opportunity to set the vendors straight, which may have possibly led to future misunderstandings about the typical Unicorn Clan diet (and how it is eaten).
Miya Kei was spotted shopping with an uncomfortable-looking Hida Nagori. As soon as the party engaged Kei in conversation, Nagori made good his escape.
On the first day of the New Year’s Festival, there was an archery tournament of which Fukurokuma won the Juniors Division, surprising everyone involved. Including Fukurokuma.
Following the tournament, there were a few hours in which many gifts were given.
At midnight, there were fireworks, feasting, and celebration.
Tomorrow, guests will start heading home and preparing for Spring. The roads have mostly thawed, and travel is becoming possible again.