So the end of fiscal 2016 has come. Happy birthday, Professor M. It is Friday, might make business people feel good in the right place. On the other hand, April Fool’s Day looks like a real joke this time: fiscal 2017 starts from a weekend. Oh, Mikan-chan, you neatly sit down with your tail curled around forepaws. Your interest is not in a custom of human beings but in whether mom uses a camera to see you.
Pheasant, Chinese partridge and bush warbler started to sing for their lovers. Cherry trees began to loosen their buds. Mei-Shun cooked a 筍=takenoko, young bamboo by herself for the first time. She found that 乙戸沼 Park also accommodates white magnolia trees arranged like a big one full of fist-size flowers by the pond. Narcissus blooms one after another under our garden princess.
Hi, Tora-chan, would you join Mei-Shun for shopping? It might be crows who broke your treat plate made of rubber, bought for your kittens. It has four spaces to put baby food respectively for Marimba, Viola, Piano and Harp while you always ate them all by yourself. Has your missing them stopped? Mei-Shun remember well the day when we forced you to say good-bye to them at Dr. O’s clinic.
Yes, it starts from today. That might be why our garden princess gave her first bloom. It is so interesting that the more distant a bud is from the trunk, the sooner it blooms. That makes her look like putting on a melon kimono from the bottom. Now it gets dark, your mother would play piano in moonlight scores to help you — we do not have it in the sky tonight.
Mei-Shun attended a funeral today with mom-in-law on behalf of Shin. Such a stormy weather made them feel more depressing. Soon after they came home, he emailed that he would do the same in an hour. You could not sleep at all in the plane? That might be because your late aunt wanted to let you know her start of a long journey. Oh, father of our baby elephant found in Thailand? Good for you, darling.
When Mei-Shun walked out of a short tunnel between rice paddy, she found a tree full of white flowers shining on the green hill which accommodates the nearest shrine. It is magnolia, still in buds. Since she started walking exercise from the end of April last year, it has not been recognized so far. She is so happy to see the roster of sacred guardians augmented again.
Regarding interpretation from Japanese to English, Mei-Shun feels somehow strange when devastating disasters are called with “great”. Examples include Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake(1995) and Great East Japan Earthquake(2011) which recently hit our country. On the other hand, she has seen a sign calling 牛久大仏 “Great Ushiku Buddha”. Do you kind followers think it necessary?
Our garden princess looks making her buds bigger and more fluffy. When you take a careful look at them, baby petals are found within silver coverings. Their color is … oh? Melon means not only a name of fruit but “bright pink”? How amazing and interesting it is to see another sense in a common word! Anyway, we are expecting her gorgeous performance in full bloom soon.
Master Mei-Shu has a serious pain in the back. She asked her students one-month off, saw a doctor recently. According to her email, computed tomography did not give any hint of cause, detailed examination would be conducted. Her 道成寺 performance on DVD would replace lessons soon. Mei-Shun feels so sorry for her, while thinks of responsibility she would owe to her own students in the future.
Yes, mom’s ohagi season has come. Mei-Shun would like to visit her, yet Shin’s hay disease shows the worst symptom, prevents them from doing so. And his preference is actually on another making of anko(=sweetened red bean paste) and mochi(=rice cake). Half-beaten rice ball plays the role of filling while anko of coating in ohagi. When they exchange each part, we would have 大福, daifuku, loved by everybody.