Legends Between Worlds
The Outsiders PT2
The travel to the Valley of Peace was a long one but it was worth it in the end. Upon walking through the last patch of bamboo forest and pushing aside the stray branches that blocked my view, I found myself looking upon a village colored beautifully by the warmth of the sun and adorned with the airs of tranquility. Conversation and laughter greeted my ears as I walked through the town's tall entrance way, much like when one entered their family home during a festive gathering. There aren't many places like this in Japan... and the ones that are are well hidden and known to only a small few.
I must have been staring in wonderment for quite some time because, before I knew it, a slight tug the leg of my hakama (1) alerted me that someone smaller in stature wanted my attention. I glanced down immediately. A fully grown female rabbit-- I could tell by the wise eyes and fully developed face-- that stood a few inches above my knee looked