I finished “Hikoichi and Flower Viewing”. The retainers were all collecting their baggage to go with the lord back to the castle the long way to view more cherry blossoms. They weren’t happy about having to carry all the stuff the long way, but they knew they couldn’t disobey the Lord. Meanwhile, Hikoichi, who had carried the heaviest load, the food, folded up the empty carrying cloth and slipped it empty into his kimono. When the other retainers saw Hikoichi empty-handed, they asked hm where his baggage was. Grinning broadly and smiling cheerfully, he replied, “My baggage is in everyone’s stomach!” Hikoichi was the only person to return to the castle the long way easily and while enjoying the cherry blossoms.
Tomorrow, I will start “Hikoichi and the Living Umbrella”.