Doll Festival

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Master Mei-Shu has three granddaughters. When Mei-Shun visited her today, she found beautiful hina dolls set in the corner of the lesson room to celebrate those three girls. In Suisen-Tanzen, a dancer carries a long, fur-headed spear. We use a bamboo stick for practice, yet have to be very careful for a while not to hurt the dolls.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Most Japanese temples and shrines have omikuji, fortune-telling paper. For easy ones, we put coins into a box before picking up one piece. More formally, we make payment to a clerk, shake a box or can to receive a stick on which a number is written. Informed on the number, they hand us a corresponding piece of omikuji paper. Some of them have a small figure of god which is believed to bring luck to you.

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Spring Drive

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Mei-Shun visited Mt. Tsukuba Shrine with her mom-in-law. Sunshine, soft wind, pink and white ume plum blossoms welcomed us. And many frog stones as well, symbolic figures for this mountain.

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Cure All

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Mikan-chan has returned to normal health. She eats well, drinks much, uses her restroom nicely, plays actively and – sleeps after sleeping. Good girl, your job is just this. Keep cute as well.

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Hello Again

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Mei-Shun found mimosa bouquets at a flower shop in Ueno Station. We had grown two mimosa trees before 2013, yet neither of them survived in freezing Ibaraki wind, called Tsukuba-oroshi … Hi, friend. Would you join our family for a while?

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Keep Healthy

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Mikan-chan had a loose bowel last week. Thanks to her home doctor, she looked recovered for a while. However, she had it again … Sorry, baby. Mom should have used all medicine given from Dr. O.