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11 April 2011 @ 09:19 pm
[Fic] Made Visible  
Title: Made Visible
Characters: Izuna and Touka
Pairing: very lightly implied Izuna/Touka
Genre: Humour
Rating: K+
Notes: I keep trying to write Izuna and Touka getting married and it never works (or turns out like this).
Summary: A brief exchange between Izuna and Touka at their wedding.

They’re on the last round of the three-times-three ceremony when it starts.

“The hood doesn’t fit well, does it?” He says, voice barely audible as he hands the cup of sake back to her.

She takes a deeper sip of the sake than strictly necessary before replying.

“What do you mean?”

“Your horns are showing.”

She regrets having taken that sip now but doesn’t let it show. Around them, Senju and Uchiha are warily exchanging cups.

“It is good that this will be a muko-iri marriage as the night will conceal many things,” she murmurs, face perfectly blank.

A variety of looks flicker across his face before he schools it back into the impassive expression he’d worn all day.

“Uchiha men are never found lacking.”

A shrine maiden takes her cup away in a gentle swish of robes, signalling that the next part is about to begin and leaving her reply unspoken.

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Brief notes:
The three-times-three ceremony (san-san-kudo) is the ritual exchange of nuptial cups (of sake).
The hood
Muko-iri
 
 
 
nthcoincident on April 12th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEE &hearts My favorite is the Uchiha and Senju warily exchanging cups; WHY OH WHY DIDN'T THIS HAPPEN?
Laurellaurelsblue on April 13th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! I did wonder if they would have kept that part of the ceremony because you know, former enemies and all that but decided they were going for as traditional as possible.

Because that would involve actual effort on Kishimoto's part? I mean, it's so much easier to write about their ETERNAL HATRED than deal with the politics necessary in them getting along (which would have had to happen in order for Konoha to exist anyway).
nthcoincident on April 15th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Well, strictly speaking, they don't live in the Japanese world, so any ceremony one wrote would have to be Japanese-inflected, but not necessarily Japanese--they have their own unique mythology and folklore, rituals probably have something to do with that (my headcanon is that the Uzumaki sealing scholars have a religious affiliation to the Rikudo sage...). And yes, I feel like they would totally keep the cups, given that that particular tradition was about checking for poison :D

I KNOW. Truce!fic is the greatest desire of my life. By the way, have you taken a look at the gyokusho project (gyokusho dot livejournal dot com) which is a MadaHashi project run by the peerless
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Well, strictly speaking, they don't live in the Japanese world, so any ceremony one wrote would have to be Japanese-<i>inflected</i>, but not necessarily Japanese--they have their own unique mythology and folklore, rituals probably have something to do with that (my headcanon is that the Uzumaki sealing scholars have a religious affiliation to the Rikudo sage...). And yes, I feel like they would totally keep the cups, given that that particular tradition was about checking for poison :D

I KNOW. Truce!fic is the greatest desire of my life. By the way, have you taken a look at the gyokusho project (gyokusho dot livejournal dot com) which is a MadaHashi project run by the peerless <ljuser=octavius_x> and <ljuser=bellicosus> and has a BEAUTIFUL founding-of-Konoha ethos...
Laurellaurelsblue on April 15th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
That's what you'd think. I still can't stop cringing at a really long Itachi fic that had him playing football and watching TV as a kid plus a whole host of other things that made me wonder if the author had even been watching/reading the same series I had, you know, the one not set in Japan.

I know nothing about the history of literacy in Japan but if it was anything like the one in England, then the Uzumaki having a religious connection would make sense. Because it would be easy for them to start off as monks of some kind, guarding knowledge of the Rikudo's sealing techniques, then they start secularising and using the knowledge for more mundane purposes, and eventually somewhere along the line they become a clan.

Oh, I didn't know that but it seems appropriate. xD

No, I hadn't. /goes to look

By the way, do you mind if I use your Mito for this vicious plot-bunny that just attacked? It's something about an aunt who doesn't use the longevity technique and why and ties into her not teaching Tsunade it.
nthcoincident on April 19th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
UGH I KNOWWWW OMG I had that same experience in a fic where characters were discussing for pages about Tenten having a "Chinese accent" (????) China analogue, fine, but NOT CHINA THERE IS NO CHINA IN NARUTOVERSE. I like it better this way--we can make up rituals for them based on their own myths etc., it's like Last Airbender-verse. It's kind of weird that no one really writes about the founders as relevant to the present generation--I can envision the current generation doing school plays about the founding, having to memorize writings by Hashirama, singing anthems about them etc. just as Japanese schoolchildren do :D (This was why your prompt made me go OMG WHY DID I NEVER THINK OF THAT?!)

Yeahh I think it was similar in Japan, esp with such a strong Buddhist and Shinto tradition that concentrated learning in monasteries! And googling Mito's name you find that the "Mito scholars" were a school of samurai scholars interested in physics and other sciences. Once again Kishi's fantastically appropriate naming never fails to amaze. With that in mind it would make sense for the Uzumaki to worship the sage--he was after all the epitome of a seal expert.

Hahaha there is no such thing as "my" Mito; she is open-source! Feel free--I am super excited to read it :DDDDDD
Laurellaurelsblue on April 19th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
...Pages? Why would you even. Argh. I guess I'm lucky that I've only ever seen a vague China-analogue referenced for her before.

It's interesting that you mention Avatar-verse. One of the things I'm working with on-and-off is that meta-fic on the founding which is now somehow a huge project on all the foundings and what might have before, and it is a nightmare. Kishimoto really doesn't think through his world-building properly. Black and white people in a village high in the mountains? Hah, hah, NO. Avatar-verse is wonderful in that it bases itself on real-world cultures/ethnic groups and places them in appropriate locations. Also, it's a WORLD. All the maps Kishimoto draws indicate that Naruto-verse is a large continent at max.

I've seen academy trips to the Valley of the End before but apart from that, nothing. It's really bizarre how Konoha seems to be suffering from a sort of amnesia about the founding. Mito's existence came out of nowhere for example (unless you support the every tailed beast is/was on their third jinchuuriki theory because of Gaara but even then) and there's a lot of ZOMG Madara! reactions. Also, maybe it's just because Naruto wasn't paying attention but do they even teach them any history in the academy? I swear, he should know half of this stuff already yet he always seems surprised when it gets brought up. Perhaps if we got to see more stuff from the clan kids' perspectives...

He does have a gift for it.

Thank you! I'll try to write it soon.
altanordu on November 18th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Review
Wow, this is amazing! I love Toka's response. I hope you write more of this pairing.
Laurellaurelsblue on November 25th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Review
Thank you! I've got more of it around, I just haven't finished anything for ages.
altanordu on November 27th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Review
Well until you do finish and post, I will be waiting eagerly. Oh, and a funny yet dirty thought just popped into my head. The wedding night must have been awkward.