The Kingdom’s shortage of magic stones or absence of magicians were not problems that humans could do anything about.

Magic stones were precious in any country, and no one would hand them over easily.
It had already become something that couldn’t be bought, even with a huge sum of money. 

A magician was a blessing.
People could only wait for one to appear. 

The barrier, too, would eventually disappear with time.

Imperial Japan, which was currently suffering from food shortages, wasn’t the only one struggling to survive.
The Kingdom, too, was slowly falling into a survival crisis.



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Imperial Japan was very similar to the townscape Melsa (Yoriko) had seen in period dramas.

Wooden houses, earthen walls, plaster walls, tile roofs, and latticeworks…

Melsa was fascinated by how similar it was to old age Japan.


“Is this… red iron oxide?“


The structure of the buildings was the same as the ones she had seen in period dramas, but the planks were all dyed red.

Melsa only nonchalantly muttered that for she noticed that the color of the buildings was more of a brownish-red than the bright vermillion color of the torii gates at the entrance of Imperial Japan, which were similar to the Inari shrines[2] in her past life.
However, the ninja unexpectedly heard her soft mutters and reacted strongly.

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[T/N 2: An Inari shrine is a shrine where the God of Harvest is worshiped.
A picture of an Inari shrine]


“—*gasp*! To think that you even know what red iron oxide is…“


This pigment was accidentally found in the rubble that surfaced during the mining of magic stones.
Later, it was found that the substance could preserve the buildings from decay, and had insect repellent, durability, and fire resistance effects.
As such, almost every Imperial Japanese house was coated with it.

Although Melsa didn’t ask about anything, the ninja continued explaining that the red roof tiles were glazed before they were heated, and that they also served as a charm against evil spirits.

Imperial Japan was the scarlet country.

It was the land of the rising sun, a sacred country protected by gods.

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