Daidoji Sakura, Doji (Saito) Katsu, and Kakita (Nakashima) Hayate were awakened by a crash and a scream from Doji (Inoue) Saya’s room. Upon investigating, they found a figure in black standing over her. Katsu charged the figure, throwing him through the window. After searching, they found that the body never hit the ground, and was nowhere to be found. Saya was stuttering out that the assailant had no face. The group was then moved to a new room, where they were eventually found by Daidoji Tadasu. Tadasu explained that he had fallen asleep in the garden.
The group then went to greet the Phoenix Clan contingent. Isawa Kiyoshi showed interest in speaking with Daidoji Sakura. Isawa Ayumi turned out to be an old friend of Doji (Saito) Katsu. After greeting the contingent, the bushi of the group entered a kenjutsu tournament. While Doji (Saito) Katsu defeated almost all comers, he was eventually deposed by a Lion Clan bushi.
Doji (Saito) Katsu and Yoritomo Sumiko moved their relationship forward, as Sumiko seduced Katsu, causing him to miss his shift of the watch, much to Kakita (Nakashima) Hayate’s discomfort. Upon his return, he explained that he had fallen asleep in the garden. Meanwhile, Daidoji Tadasu and Shosuro Miyako had dinner, and a fight with one of the local Tongs.