|Now, the long ceremony begins. In typical Japanese fashion, speeches are made and protocol followed studiously. Whether drink party or war, the ceremony must be performed.
The senior warrior above has prepared a pan of sake (not tea) atop a laquerware tray. He will march at right angles toward his leader, Takeda, and kneel and pour. Our fearless leader quaffs, and gets ready to make his pronouncement.
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