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Friday, August 11th, 2006
7:12 pm - Matsu and Kamatari's guide to love!
Good day all, once more it has come to my attention that the citizens of our fair city have been having trouble. I could offer to take questions again, however that does not strike me as the correct approach. It appears that those of you who most need help are those least likely to ask for it.

Ikumatsu-san, please get on with it.

Patience, Kamatari-san, patience.  As I was saying, instead of answering questions, I thought it would be better to simply provide the answers.  Now, although Kamatari-san are vastly different in many ways, our approach to love is quite similar. Though... my taste in men is infinitely superior.


The man you continue to pine over  was a cruel, vicious, and altogether immoral.

Yeah? Well, the object of your obsession was a Meiji dog!

Ahem, well, though our specific tastes are quite different, our approaches are similar, which is why we are working together to bring this guide. Now, without further ado: Kido Matsuko and Honjou Kamatari's guide to love.

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current mood: helpful

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
10:52 pm - OOC: Akesato icons
Just two Akesato icons.

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Both were made by dana_fields

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Thursday, July 13th, 2006
9:48 pm - Dear Matsuko
Having noted the chaos and confusion that has been occurring lately, my player believes that the residents of meiji_restored would benefit from an advice column. My player decided that Honjou-san's advice might be... questionable at times, so I was asked to help. I will be happy to answer any and all questions, with topics ranging from fashion to love. Feel free to ask away.

(OOC: Go nuts!)

current mood: helpful

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Monday, June 5th, 2006
12:45 am - Knowing me, knowing you

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Friday, March 17th, 2006
8:21 pm - Sento Pateriku's day?
It appears that today is a holiday than often involves, ah, intoxication. While I will not be joining in any such revelries myself, I found this little quiz to be somewhat interesting.


(66% dark & bitter, 0% working class, 33% genuine)

Microbrews, though obscure, are pretty tasty things, and they continually win beer contests. I, personally, have a hard time getting past the hype and the slight air of pretention that surrounds any discussion of "hoppiness," "5-star scales," and the like. But their non-working-classness notwithstanding, Microbrew is one of the best categories on this test: dignified, intelligent, rare.

Personality-wise, you have refined tastes (after all, mircobrews are usually kind of expensive), but you know how to savor what you get. Your personality isn't exactly light and bubbly, but very you're well-liked by your close circle of friends. Your sense of humor is most likely on the dark side, but that's just another way to say sophisticated, right? Just remember to act like a Pabst every once in a while, and you'll be perfect.


My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 37% on dark

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You scored higher than 0% on workingclass

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You scored higher than 5% on genuine
Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Oh, and Honjou-san would also like to share her results.


(100% dark & bitter, 66% working class, 100% genuine)

Okay, we all know Guinness is the best possible score on any "What Kind Of Beer Are You" test, so you can just go on and pat yourself on the back now. Like the world's most famous brew, you're genuine, you've got good taste, and you're sophisticated. What else can I say, except congratulations?

If your friends didn't score the same way, get ready for them to say: Guinness is too heavy; it's an acquired taste; it's too serious--and they probably think those things about you at times. But just brush 'em off. Everybody knows Guinness is the best. Cheers.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 82% on dark

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You scored higher than 28% on workingclass

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You scored higher than 67% on genuine
Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Really, Honjou-san, don't be so smug.

current mood: intrigued

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006
10:39 pm
If I could please have everyone's attention, I would like to announce that I have moved. You may now find me at meiji_restored, where I can be found doing everything from drinking tea and enjoying polite conversation, to dealing with the aftermath from ninja attacks.

I do hope you will follow our story as closely as you have before.

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Monday, January 23rd, 2006
5:40 pm - How very peculiar
Your PeaceMaker Kurogane Fate by Renyuki
Choose a side
Your kendo teacher isTakeda Kanryusei
But you prefer to spar withSaitoh Hajime
And ___ likes to watch youYamazaki Ayumu
Chance that you'll survive the conflict: 29%
History will move on, and youget tuberculosis from spending too much time with Okita-kun.
Quiz created with MemeGen!

Why is a Shinsengumi captain teaching me kendo? Am I spying on him? I don't think I would enjoy sparing with Fujita-san very much either. I've always tried to keep the number of my bones broken fairly minimal, and bruises would not be at all becoming. And if I was going to get tuberculosis, I don't think I would catch it from Okita-san.

Really this makes no sense at all.

current mood: confused

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Saturday, July 30th, 2005
2:08 pm - OOC: Lovely ladies
Inspired by Hitomi and Sakura, here's lovely looking Matsuko in western wear.

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I made a Kamatari one, but it didn't turn out very well. I'll have to try again.

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, July 9th, 2005
9:01 pm - Mysterious little test.

Your Love Style is Agape

You are a caring, kind, and selfless partner.

Unsurprisingly, your love style is the most rare.

You are willing to sacrifice your world for your sweetie.

Except it doesn't really feel like sacrifice to you.

For you, nothing feels better than giving to the one you love.

Yes, all very true. However, all that makes me out to be more amazing than I am. I fell in love, and did what had to be done, that's all.

current mood: flattered

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
2:47 am - Haiku
I have recently decided that one of Matsu's hobbies is haiku. Therefore, I thought I would show some of the haiku "she" wrote. These may or may not show up in game.

Irises indoors
Are not as lovely as those
That lives in freedom

The nightingale cries
What can she be mourning for?
Is love so fleeting?

Cold moonlight tonight
The air is no longer warm
My cloak is pulled close

Alternate version:

Cold moonlight tonight
The air is no longer warm
I pull him closer

The river flows slow
Heat makes even it tired
I long for a breeze

The young camellias
Show me what innocence is
I tend them with care

(Yeah, I know, not all of them are all that good. I'm really unhappy with the river one.)

current mood: creative

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
1:46 pm - All I really need to know I learned during the Bakumatsu
1. Never judge by appearances. That frail looking boy will kill you, and the giggly geisha will tell him where to go.

2. Rebellious men are sexy.

3. It's perfectly acceptable to drug your lover, as long as it's for his own good.

4. Guys named Yoshida are trouble. They just are.

5. Fire is not your friend.

6. Yes, of course, the turquoise clothes make them look silly. However, you shouldn't tell them that.

7. Foreigners are destructive and dangerous, but useful.

8. Having a lover that fights for the opposite side is hell on your emotions.

9. Always have a catchy slogan

10. Geisha know things.

11. The sad, sorry truth is all governments are full of corruption. You can't fix things completely, but you can make them better.

Any other thoughts?

(OOC: I actually don't thing the Shinsengumi uniforms look silly. I like them, but Matsu doesn't agree.)

current mood: thoughtful

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Sunday, May 29th, 2005
11:05 am - Troubling developments
(IC:) *looks at title* Well, that's one way to put it. All I can say is I am most upset with this turn of events. Don't expect me to take this lying down. *glares at a certain somebody* You know who you are.

Poll #502765 Next course of action

What should Mastu do to escape?

Try to knock her captors out with a heavy book
Try to seduce her way out
Find a spoon and dig a tunnel
Do nothing
Other (tell me)

Not that I'm going to be doing any of this anyway. I don't need other people's advice on this subject.

Velda: Well, you're in a bad mood today.

Matsu: Wouldn't you be?

Veleda: Point. But, it makes for such good plot.

Matsu: Humph.

current mood: annoyed

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Saturday, March 26th, 2005
12:32 am - This should have been done a long time ago.
(OOC:) Hey, I know I should have posted a bio for Matsu a while back, but real life's been hectic.

Kido Matsuko was known as Ikumatsu during the Bakumatsu. She was a Gion geiko, a spy, and lover to Katsura Kogoro.

It is well documented fact that Ikumatsu saved Katsura's life at least once. The most famous incident took place in August, 1864. The Shinsengumi staged a raid on Ikumatsu's place while Katsura was there. She argued with them, and blocked their way long enough for Katsura to escape. She helped him escape Kyoto after this, and they both fled to Choshu. It's logical to assume that all this was due to the Ikedaya and Hamaguri Gate incidents, the latter of which occurred in August, 1864.

There is also a story about her drugging Katsura's tea or sake in order to prevent him from going to the Ikedaya after she discovered there had been an information leak. I have no idea if this story is true, for I've only seen it on the internet, however I will be using it in game.

After the war Katsura had her adopted into a samurai family and married her. He changed his name to Kido Takayoshi, and Ikumatsu became Kido Matsuko.

Matsu has been historically described as spirited, graceful, and confident, and I will be playing her as such. I will play her as tough, intelligent, courageous, and perceptive, all very important attributes in a spy. She is also refined, serene, and charming, as a sucessful geiko would be.

Matsu is a very stable person. She knows who she is, what she believes, and pretty much where she is going. I think she provides a contrast to many of the other Himuragumi characters, who are filled with turmoil and doubt.

People she knows:

Himura Kenshin- She knows Kenshin from back during the Bakumatsu. She'll be very happy to see him again. Matsu has a sort of motherly affection for Kenshin, though it is tempered with guilt. She fully supported Katsura's decision to make Kenshin a hitokiri, and she realizes that she is partly responsible for his pain. Nevertheless, she cares for him very deeply, and wants the best for him.

Takasugi Shinsaku- Another Bakumatsu comrade. These two weren't close, but Matsu did like him. Takasugi was one of the few people who actually knew about Ikumatsu and Katsura's true relationship. Most people didn't know they were lovers. This was done to protect Ikumatsu, and keep her as an effective spy.

Yamazaki Ayumu- Matsu knows her by name, but not by face. She knows that she was Takasugi's lover, and a Shinsengumi spy, but not much else.

Saitou Hajime- These two would recognize each other, though maybe not on sight. Kizu, we should probably work their relationship out.

People in her household:

Historically, the Kido household held over twenty people. For the sake of simplicity, I am saying they all left when Takayoshi (Kogoro) died. Though, I may bring people in if I'm feeling bored, who knows?

The servants include, but are not limited to:

Sato Nanae- Bossy, stubborn, and sharp tongued, she's technically the cook, but has appointed herself Matsu's mother and concience among other things. Has a vast amount of useful information. In fact, she will tell you that she knows everything. She's exactly the kind of person you would want during a crisis, level headed and focused.

Fujii Raidon- One of Matsu's guards, Raidon is steadfast and loyal, and very dedicated to his employer. Both Raidon and Kane were Choshu retainers, who fought under Katsura during the Revolution.

Raidon has a deep secret. He is in love with Matsu. However, he has never given any hint of this, and nobody knows. Except maybe Nanae. She knows everything.

Tanaka Kane- Another of Matsu's guards. His personality is much the same as Raidon's though without the extra baggage of love.

Raidon and Kane caught Katsura's notice during the Bakumatsu, when they held off and defeated fifteen Shinsengumi, allowing many important Choshu figures to keep their lives. Luck was involved, and the terrain was in Raidon and Kane's favor, but Katsura was still quite impressed. Years later, he would approach them with a request to guard both his home, and what he cared for most. (Matsu) Because of this these two are very dedicated to "Kido-sama", and hold the memory of their sensei close to their hearts. (I like them. Don't you like them?)

Suzuki Keiko- Keiko is Matsu's personal servant, and a rather simple girl. Not really stupid, just uncomplicated. She began to work for Matsu when her family took ill and they needed the money for medicine. Sadly, in the end it did no good, and her family died. Now she lives in the Kido household. She's sixteen, and Matsu knows she should try and find Keiko a husband, but doesn't want to lose her as servant, seeing as Keiko is the only one Matsu trusts to do her hair, and take care of her clothes. Heh.

I do believe that that wraps it up. If you have any questions, or comments then feel free to, well, comment.

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
10:57 pm - Just some posts to get us started.
Morning RitualCollapse )

Inside the gatesCollapse )

current mood: nostalgic

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