Dr. Y’s diagnosis was remarkably correct. Dyshidrosis symptom has 95% disappeared after a week, taking all medicines he prescribed. Left 5% is at the bottom of both palms, thumbs and several fingers. Mei-Shun resumed piano lesson, stretching exercise including push-ups from last night and — horseback riding today.
Thanks, Mr. O. His sudden phonecall reminded us of it. Yes, our duty to let Ms. Piano have tuning once a year. Her “doctor” visited us with a big, heavy bag as usual. It was just when he finished her up that Mei-Shun remembered a slight trouble; the damper for one of D keys did not work well. However, he took just a few words before he opened the lid to show her the fixed part. Applause to this real piano master.
We have it tonight. It is clear, the best condition to have a little party at home. Yesterday enjoyed the harvest moon, so two consecutive days of beauty in the sky, round-shape sweets on the table. It comes only once this year, compared to three times last year — very rare phenomena.
Mei-Shun’s mother enjoyed making ohagi with her granddaughter for this ohigan (=an equinoctial week). Her loved husband asked his young bride to do it during their honeymoon in 1965. It served therefore the 100th celebration for the couple. Congratulations, dearest daddy and mommy.
They suddenly assaulted Mei-Shun’s palms. Shockingly ugly and incredibly itchy — it was Shin who saved her from panicking. He drove her to see a doctor in charge of holiday treatment yesterday, taking half an hour. At a glance, Dr. Y diagnosed that it was a symptom of dyshidrosis, prescribing steroidal ointment and an internal antipruritic medicine for a week. Oh, such a disturbance to see horses … it seems that Mei-Shun perspired too much within gloves on them.
We had a 5-day holiday called “Silver Week” from 19th to today this year. It includes Respect for the Elderly Day, which has been celebrated on the third Monday of September due to our Happy Monday System while Autumnal Equinox Day on Wednesday. Such arrangement makes Tuesday a national holiday to make us even happier. And many of us hope to have this consecutive holidays every year along with “Golden Week” in May.
Beginners normally practice within a circle set in the sand ground of the club. It is exciting and enjoyable enough, yet sometimes we feel like going out of here into surrounding woods. And today, this little dream has come true. Putting on her new protective vest, Mei-Shun made an excursion on a horse named Zui-Setsu (随雪 in Chinese character maybe, meaning ever-snowing).
Thank you so much, Professor S. She kindly sent Mei-Shun a delicacy of handmade again. Truly amazing is her technique and sense of beauty to employ such cute rose-shaped crystal beads. And this jade rose represents her warm regards. That must be why it just fits on the little cup behind Mei-Shun’s collarbone.
… for horseback riding includes a helmet, a vest, slim pants called culottes, boots and gloves. Mei-Shun ordered all (thanks a million, Shin), has not yet received any except for a pair of culottes. She is so much looking forward to seeing them soon. On the other hand, Japanese dance requires at least one cotton yukata, made with a texture on which a pattern of school where a dancer belongs to is dyed. Kikunoe Ryu has chosen this one, a pair of chrysanthemum profiles bound in calyx.
Professor M, one of Mei-Shun’s most respected friends while a co-student of Master Mei-Shu, visited Republic of South Africa. It is his first experience to reach the southernmost country of the African Continent. They say water whirls anticlockwise there — is it true?