Keep Practice

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Mom tried to dance 京鹿子娘道成寺 the other day, looked feeling awful and shocked. Meow, that is because you neglected in it for a long time. Since lunar December starts from today, my advice is to walk to the nearest shrine to pray for Gods’ protection on your progress in Japanese dance. Have you already, before raining? And you know what to do next. Purr, well done.

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Japanese Culture@wkday

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小正月=ko-shogatsu, older new year was mainly celebrated on January 15. Some area did from Jan. 14 to today calling it 女正月=onna-shogatsu, let women visit temples and shrines. They were too busy to pray there during year-end and new-year holidays. Since it meant to allow red foods as well, they must have been happy to eat お汁粉=o-shiruko or 羊羹=yooukan in their best kimono.

Acknowledgement

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Thanks a million to you all, dearest family and friends. Mei-Shun has added another year to her age on Saturday. We are never able to live alone. We always have someone to support while be supported. At least she feels so right now. What she could do for them might be a pinch of salt, yet would continue the best efforts to express her thankfulness. Once again, please kindly take her hug full of love to you.

Newly Played

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Mei-Shun would like to make 2018 start with Ms. Piano by C. C. Saint-Saëns’s “Le Cygne”. She purchased this score piece last year, yet never opened concentrated on another. Sorry to leave you for long, honey. She means to try her best to let you get up before flying delightfully from water surface in morning sunshine. Or do you prefer moonlight?

Her Saddle(^o^)/

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Thank you so much, Shin. He is so generous to allow Mei-Shun to own a saddle to put on horsey’s back. They would call this one shining in black Mr. Sirius, honoring the maker. And today is his debut on Madoka-chan in Ms. I’s lesson. He is still a bit too hard to handle, especially in belt to tie around horsey’s nose. Careful treatment is incumbent after riding to keep his elegance.

Dance Again

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Purr, it is so nice to take a nap on this sofa where mom reads with me on her legs. Her current book is written by 坂東三津五郎, Bando Mitsugoro X, late kabuki actor and head of 坂東流 Japanese dance. He was famous as one of the greatest dancers. Regarding a dancer, Master Mei-Shu replied in new-year card by her real name, never mentioned her job.

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Joy at Fukushima

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It has nice 駄菓子=dagashi, Japanese traditional tea-time sweets. Not only taste simple and good, they also look so lovely that both adults and children can enjoy. Mei-Shun’s favorite is もも餅, peach rice cake while mom-in-law’s 松茸, matsutake mushroom. Shin knows well the latter, advised his wife to choose it as a souvenir. By the way, his first business trip in 2018 is to this city from today.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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So this year’s ornament 戌=inu, dog and another cat have come to Shin and Mei-Shun. You can meet these cutest 丸=maru, round-shape animals at Fukushima Airport. It features a lot of items related to “Ultra-man” serial TV programs as well. Many figures are displayed at the entrance hall, attracting mothers with prams to take photos. A postbox is painted in colors of hero character.

Happy Birthday

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to you, mom-in-law. Mei-Shun would love to drive Ms. Scarlet toward a pâtisserie and a florist for a birthday cake and an arrangement. It is quite freezing outdoors as we have  小寒=shokan, the 5th of winter 二十四節気 while meaning a start of 寒中=kanchu period. A mother and a daughter in a legal relationship were both born in the coldest time of the year.

Riding Anew

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Before seeing Vanilla-san and Madoka-chan in the afternoon, Mei-Shun walked to the nearest shrine. Since a priest was sitting at a reception desk, she had to put off all of warm items to pray to Gods for a safe day. One nice thing is that the 手水鉢=chozu-hachi, washbasin frozen in normal winter mornings, is full of clear water during 松の内=matsu-no-uchi, new-year week.