As the contestants signed in and got their lodging assignments, the Jounin of the village gathered for a small meeting at the Kage's office. Strangely though, theKage was nowhere to be found. In fact, no one had seen him for quite some time, the missions being sent out by mail or from other Jounin. Some speculated that he was under an immense amount of stress, and some thought that he was simply just too busy to be bothered, which put many people off. Still yet, there were rumors among some of the higher Jounin that something had happened to him. The whispers were of sickness and health problems, but nothing had been seriously discussed. That was until now.
"Well he has to be there... Its official business!"
"What do you mean! He can't send a replacement!"
"Seriously... Why isn't he here to tell us this himself?!"
The chatter of the jounin outside of the kages office was becoming louder and louder as they spoke to his attendant. She was trying her best to answer all the questions, but the suspicion had gotten to all of them now. The jounin wanted answers from the Kage, and they weren't taking no for an answer. Still, they all knew that under no circumstances were they to just burst in there. While some villages were little more relaxed about that kind of thing, it could and would get you killed here.
"Well, what are we going to do about the opening ceremony? Someone has to welcome all these people and do the proceedings...."
The Jounin all murmured and whispered, waiting for someone to step up for the responsibility, yet nobody felt comfortable, nobody was willing, and honestly, nobody wanted the pressure.
"I guess we'll just have to take a vote then. Everybody just write down who you think should do it, and that will be that."
The attendant retreived some pens and paper through a seal on her arm, and handed them out quickly. Within moments, all the people gathered had voted, and the attendent looked up with an odd sort of questioning face.
As night fell on the city in the sky, the festivities were just truly beginning. Lanterns of sky blue, white, and black lined the streets while flowers of the same colors blossomed on trees, an unusual and rare variety of Sakura. Music played from speakers situated throughout the village, giving a cheerful ambiance to the opening festival. Shops and stands were open and the people were still out, maybe even in greater number than during the day.
For most it was a chance to enjoy themselves before a the week long Chuunin exams, btu for the contestants, it was potentially the last thing they would ever enjoy, and so the extravagance was something of a last hoorah for them.
The real tournament started in the morning, and when it did, for many, nothing would ever be the same.