We see 十六夜, one day after the moon looks full called 十五夜, tonight. It comes up to the sky a little delayed compared to last night. In old days, they took it as moon’s hesitation and read this Chinese letters izayoi. As the moon appears later night by night, they call 17th moon 立待月, 18th 居待月 and 19th 寝待月 meaning to wait for the moon standing, sitting and lying.
Master Mei-Shu kindly showed her Suisen-Tanzen performance of 23 years ago, commemorating Kikunoe-Ryu foundation. It was just excellent. Actually too brilliant for Mei-Shun to do the same. She found that the spear in her left hand must have looked almost sleeping so far. Such item symbolizes what the role has in mind. From now, her challenge to wake it up starts. Thank you so much, Master.
In order to perform feminine* Suisen-Tanzen, we put on a long-hemmed kimono, which requires a technique to deal with. Many Japanese dancers therefore have this tool to wrap up the lower half of the body. However, it is too hard to use it in summer — we perspire much in legs even not in exercise. Well, does Mei-Shun have to say thanks to Typhoon Goni?
*Suisen-Tanzen has a masculine version as well.
Mei-Shun loves learning foreign languages. She has studied English for the longest time (30 years and more!) while French and Chinese follow. However, she has not reached the best positions; failed three times for Grade 1 of Eiken Test, gained Grade 3 of French and Chinese tests sponsored by our Government. She just hopes that her “hobby” would work to teach Japanese abroad in the future.
Autumn brings a happiness to Mei-Shun. As she sits on the sofa, Mikan-chan immediately comes onto her lap. Still in August, we have been enjoying cool weather from yesterday. It seems a bit too soon, yet it would be hot and humid again in a few days. Let’s make a good preparation in mind and body, baby.
Our cymbidium has recovered from her sick condition of paled leaves. It was caused by too much exposure toward the severe, midsummer sunlight: she has nearly got burned. Sorry, honey. Now we are ready to transplant her into a bigger pot, yet another problem is that she is stubbornly sticks to current one.
Mei-Shun had taken piano lessons from 4 to 17 years old. Her last instructor always told her to keep short nails. She never allowed her students’ nails to touch keys of her piano — such noise must be a kind of torment for her sensitive ears. Now, Mei-Shun is swaying between fashion and hobby.
Torrid weather gives us good chances to enjoy water melons. Vertical cut is normal for them, yet Mei-Shun had a little dream — yes, a horizontal cut to make the sweetest disk. And this morning, her dream finally came true. Thank you, Shin. He ordered it to a corporation called Tele-farm. They grow organic fruits and vegetables based on customers’ command via PC.
Tora-chan sometimes “takes a trip”, ranging from a few days to a week. We have no right to stop her, just have only to wait. Before her latest missing, we heard an angry voice at night. Any interloper might come into her territory including our garden. You live a severe, free and wild life, honey. We are always ready to feed you, yet cannot let you enter. So sorry. Oh, your sweet attitudes would spoil us …