Forgive the briefness of this message. The matter that Doji Haruko asked us to look into took longer in resolving than I first thought it would, and now we must hurry to reach the estates of Seppun Ayamu in time.
You will be pleased to know that we were able to successfully resolve the matter. In addition, we took part in a sacred ritual and laid a lost spirit to rest. It was more than we could have hoped for. Haruko-sama will be very pleased when we return his property. I’m sure Seppun Ayamu-sama will be equally pleased that we are able to do so in her home, during the festival.
I am saddened that you will be unable to join us this year, Sensei. I have sent you a small token as a keepsake from our travels. The weaponsmiths in this village are astounding. They can reforge blades as if new, and their skill in the crafting of traditional Crab weapons is unparalleled. Please take the time to run your hands over the fine detail work in this tetsubo, and know that I will represent you with honor at the forthcoming festival.