Shido sat in front of his lit mirror backstage at the Korumatsu Imperial Theater. The backstage area, along with most of the rest of the theater, had recently been refurbished, and the scent of new paint and dust tickled his nose as Shido applied the thick, white makeup to his face. It was the opening night of "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" and while he was not precisely "nervous", Shido was rather tense and focused. His idol, Bando Tamasaburo, had performed this role to perfection, and Shido was determined to live up to his hero's standard.
The backstage area was a hive of activity. This production of "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" was rumored to be one of the biggest, costing several million yen. There were extravagant costumes, lavish scenery, dozens of extras. Currently, the stage manager was barking orders to the set dressers, and there was the hum of a sewing machine as the tailor finished last-minute alterations. A gaggle of young boys portraying kamuro trampled by Shido, chaperoned by a harried man carrying an armful of costumes and struggling to keep his charges in line.
Shido had invited Masuyo and Ryuuki to the performance, complementary tickets waited for them at the box office. He wasn't sure if either would come- Ryuuki was busy preparing for his trip to Tokyo, and Masuyo might not show just to spite him.