Hahah, I missed you!!
But for real I’m having hibachi beef and vegetables, asparagus tempura and oshinko. Yummm…
And I have indeed watched that video. :p It’s helping me set a date and use more authentic references. It’s also led me to do a TON of research on Heian period court structure, historical figures, and the relations between China and Japan at the time (the transition from sending official envoys, etc.)
More so it helps me establish a mindset and voice that will remain specific to these works (I hope) rather than throwing a coat of red and white paint on the same old verse :p
What started as a curiosity has turned into something I want to be proud of, and you’ve instilled in me a desire to do so with reverence to the source :)