See You Again

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Driving her husband to the nearest station, Mei-Shun found a body of a kitten lying on the road. Feeling so sad, she made a phone call to the municipal office. The staff in charge sounded gentle, telling Mei-Shun that he would take care of her/him immediately. Good for you, kitty.

Serious Problem?

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When Mei-Shun practices a dance at home, her husband often jokes, trying to copy her. It’s so funny – yet sometimes makes her wonder if it’s true: does she look comical while making a serious story on stage?

First after Obon

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Mei-Shun was very lazy during obon holidays. No exercise, too much eating — the worst way for dancers. She returns to normal today, feeling refreshed, yet putting on a bit excess weight around her waist. Oh-oh.

Japanese Culture@wkend

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Many of us light ceremonial bonfires at home entrances in the evening, on the first and last date of obon period. The former called Mukae-Bi, while the latter Okuri-Bi to welcome/see off spirits of ancestors. Gozan-Okuri-Bi held in Kyoto on August 16th is quite famous as a beautiful summer spectacle along with Gi-On Festival.

Last before Obon

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The last lesson before obon holidays was given by Master Mei-Shu today, rainy and nicely cool. After the “exercise”, she told Mei-Shun on the foundation of Kikunoe-Ryu (=a party for Japanese dance). Her older sister, called Mei-Shu I, became the first director of Kikunoe in 1992.

Hard Hit

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Typhoon Halong hit Anan City, Tokushima Prefecture this weekend. One junior high school there, designated as a shelter, has been inundated to force the evacuees to flee upstairs. Master Mei-Shu comes from that place. Mei-Shun felt so worried about her relatives and friends that e-mailed to her. No problem, she replied. It sounds great.

Japanese Culture@wkend

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Most of Japanese businesspersons enjoy obon summer holidays, dated normally from August 13 to 16. Spirits of ancestors are worshiped at home during this period. In fact, obon seems like utilized as power conservation campaign since 2011, when we were hit by the devastating earthquake in March.