White Out

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It is amazing. Although weather forecasts said that it would snow today, Mei-Shun believed it by half. When she heard a light sound beating windows at noon, she took it as a rainfall. Oh, a lot of feathers come down from cloudy sky, sometimes fly around before reaching the ground. Next-door sasanqua or smaller camellia flowers have already put on little caps.

 

 

Winter Flower

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Mei-Shun met with Shin at one of their favorite restaurants in Takanawa, Tokyo. They make it a rule to date on lunch when the former goes to a nearby hair salon for a cut or curling. It was their great pleasure to greet again this birdy always welcomes them in 椿=tsubaki, camellia room. Dishes were all superb as usual, including 治部煮=jibu-ni, simmered vegetables, 麩=fu, steamed wheat gluten and meat.

Maria, Maria

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She is all snow-white. Her eyelashes are so long that they cover her black, round eyes perfectly. Her mane is thick and fluffy enough to bind with a hair tie on forehead. Thanks to this angel, Mei-Shun graduated from the second class to join the third. Now struggling a bit to gallop in the fourth and last of basic class, she would like to ask lovely Maria-chan how to control a rein comfortably for horsey.

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?