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Dantalian’s Secret Cherry Blossom Viewing
Chapter 11 (Days)
Chapter 11

Japanese Name

ダンタリアンの秘密のお花見

Romanized Name

Dantarian no Himitsu no o Hanami

Volume

2

Release Date

April 26, 2011

Pages

16

"Dantalian’s Secret Cherry Blossom Viewing" is the 11th chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian Dalian Days manga.

Priscilla seems tired, so Margaret suggests a relaxing day during a cherry blossom viewing.[1]

Summary[]

Priscilla is sleeping during the lunch break. Dalian pulls her hair to wake her up. Dalian wants to read the continuation of Priscilla’s novel. However, the latter has no time to write. Margaret is worried about Priscilla. As class representative, Priscilla is working a lot to prepare the celebration of the school’s foundation. It’s unusual for Priscilla to fall asleep in school. Margaret decides to change Priscilla’s mood.

On Sunday, the girls go together to a cherry blossom viewing. Unfortunately, the place is crowded. Dalian furiously tells everyone to drink somewhere else. Priscilla has to hold her back. Cecil guides the other girls to her secret spot. After a long walk, they find a calm and beautiful place to stop. They start a picnic. Margaret heard that salted cherry petals and leaves can be used for cooking. Priscilla is inclined to eat them. According to Cecil, that’s why Priscilla is a failed aristocrat.

Margaret tries to improve the mood. She tells the story about a boy who was praised for his honesty after pleading guilty for cutting a tree. The story inspires Cecil to admit that she threw a bag of jam into Priscilla’s bag in elementary school. Priscilla attacks Cecil, furious after knowing the truth. Margaret, wishing to calm Priscilla’s heart, asks for Dalian’s help. Dalian talks about the Nodate, a traditional outdoors tea ceremony. People drink tea and eat sweets while watching the flowers.

Dalian describes the correct method to drink tea. One should turn the cup three times before drinking. The girls, failing to follow the instructions correctly, spin around three times. Margaret spills the tea. Cecil gets dizzy. She hugs Dalian, trying to keep her balance. Priscilla laughs. Margaret is happy to see Priscilla in high spirits. The latter seemed sick lately, according to Dalian. Priscilla watches as the other girls fall asleep. Priscilla is grateful to her friends. She also takes a nap.

The next day, Priscilla seems rejuvenated. On the other hand, Cecil has a cold. Priscilla baked a cake with cherry petals and leaves to share with her friends. For Dalian’s ears only, Priscilla reveals that she wrote about 100 pages of a new novel. Priscilla asks Dalian to read it.[1]

Trivia[]

  • After watching Priscilla sleeping in class, Cecil tries to quote Meng Haoran, a major Tang dynasty poet.[1] In his poem Spring Dawn, he says "sleeping in the springtime, unaware of dawn".[2][3]
  • Nodate is an open-air tea ceremony, held mostly in spring and autumn when the climate and temperature is mild, the weather is good and the sun is not too strong for such an outdoor event. In Nodate, people sit on a felt mat placed on the ground, and enjoy tea. Refreshments may be served with tea.[4]
  • Margaret refers to the George Washington's cherry tree myth, the most well-known and longest enduring legend about the United States president.[1] In the story, when he was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. Young George admitted his guilty when his father confronted him. The father embraced the son and rejoiced with his honesty.[5]
  • Japanese people eat not only the berries of cherry trees, but also the blossoms and the leaves, pickling them in salt and umeboshi vinegar. Around spring, they can be found in well stocked supermarkets or in department store food halls in Japan.[6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian Dalian Days manga, Chapter 11.
  2. Meng Haoran. (2020, May 28). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:38, September 19, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Meng_Haoran&oldid=959343037
  3. Spring Dawn Meng Haoran. In Chinese Poems. Retrieved 14:38, September 19, 2020 from http://www.chinese-poems.com/m9.html
  4. Nodate (open-air tea ceremony) (野点). In Japanese Wiki Corpus. Retrieved 14:38, September 19, 2020, from https://japanese-wiki-corpus.github.io/culture/Nodate%20(open-air%20tea%20ceremony).html
  5. Jay Richardson. Cherry Tree Myth. In Mount Vernon. Retrieved 14:38, September 19, 2020, from https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/cherry-tree-myth
  6. maki. (2012, March 26). Eating sakura (cherry blossoms and leaves) article in the Japan Times. In Just Hungry. Retrieved 14:38, September 19, 2020, from https://justhungry.com/eating-sakura-cherry-blossoms-and-leaves-article-japan-times
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Volume 2

Dantalian’s Body Measurement - Dantalian’s Girls Talk? - Dantalian’s Uneasy Feeling? After School - Dantalian’s Secret Cherry Blossom Viewing - Dantalian’s First Errand!? - Dantalian’s Run! Run! Play in the River! - Dantalian’s Summer Vacation! - Dantalian’s Final Stretch!? Homework Camp - Dantalian's School Festival - Dantalian's Dalian Day's
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