Izayoi Moon

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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.

Shocking, but …

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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.

Cooler August

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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?

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*Suisen-Tanzen has a masculine version as well.

Half-baked Proficiency

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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.

Air-conditioner Free

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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.

Sweet smile

Sweet smile

 

Looking Better

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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.

Fine green

Fine green

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…loves blue pot.

Next-door Pink

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Our neighbor in the south and north plant various flowers in backyards. The former is the Ys who have camellia and hydrangea while below belongs to the latter, the Is. This beauty called 百日紅, meaning 100-day pink. It is lucky for our eyes to enjoy it all through the summer.

Thanks, I-san.

Thanks, I-san.