Slightest Moon

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We will see 朔 of lunar June tomorrow, which means the best day to make a wish with 大安=tai-an. It is the best luck in 六曜=roku-yo, one of 暦注=reki-chu which means fortune of each date and direction written on solar calendar. Ah-ha, Mei-Shun did not understand these words before starting this weblog. She is so thankful to you kind followers: it is you who make her learn more.

 

Happy to Play

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Mei-Shun made it: she finally found piano scores which she had been looking for at a musical instruments shop! “A Maiden’s Prayer” by T. Badarzewska reminds her of long-forgotten tune by her mother who sometimes played this and Beethoven’s “For Elise”. Others include “Le Cygne” by C. C. Saint-Saëns and a best album featuring Studio Ghibli‘s animation films by J. Hisaishi.

Japanese Culture@wkday

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We have 夏至=geshi, the 4th of summer 二十四節気 today. The longest daytime in an year should serve for a romantic dinner in sunset for example, yet rainy season often prevents us from doing so. Well, good rainfall is indispensable for our good life. Mei-Shun’s proposal here is to go out with your favorite umbrella, raincoat and boots. How’s your idea, lovely little frog?

Shocking Pink

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Mom, why are you laughing alone? Your fitness pants? Meow, what happened to it?? She drove to 乙戸沼 Park in the morning, walked around the pond looking for lady’s tresses. When she stretched her right leg, tight feeling on the left thigh suddenly disappeared. She saw inner cloth say hello between navy threads. So you found another pink on yourself instead of the ground. Purr …

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Hello Again

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Mei-Shun gave Princess Cymby pots 2 kinds of fertilizers; one is liquid for once a week, the other solid once a month. Satisfied at their livelier looks, she found smaller (=younger?) princess accommodates an unique friend, another baby mantis. Can you kind followers recognize him/her below? Interestingly, he/she has tabby in legs, seems to camouflage him/herself as a plant.

Day by Day

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We have many hydrangeas around here. One of Mei-Shun’s favorite is this in pale pink at the Ys. They are kind enough to leave two hydrangeas and one camellia in backyard, let us enjoy them from the beginning of blossom. Oh, Ms. Lespedeza, why you are so hasty? Your beauty would culminate in autumn. Please do not compete with a flower of rainy season.

Her Strategy

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Tora-chan has several safe places to relax on, except for her outdoor bed beside mom-in-law’s living room. It might be one of them, a compressor unit of air-conditioner at next-door the Ys. She seems to choose the best place according to circumstances, not always follow mom-in-law who cannot but welcome her little friend anytime when she rushes into our front door.