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.

Her Culture

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So shall we think about our goal of 2018? It seems to Mei-Shun that the supermoon at night of New Year’s Day will lead us toward a bright, prosperous year. Well then, may she wish to brush up her body? Thanks to 3 original methods, she put off 3 bags of sugar in 8 months. That means she could lose further 6 bags in 1 year and 4 month from now, doesn’t it?

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine yesterday for 初詣=hatsu-mode, new-year greeting to Gods. The former drew an omikuji lot of 吉=kichi, lucky while the latter dai-kichi, the luckiest as following below. It might be the first time for her to see one with both the 1st number and the luckiest there. She feels so happy, takes it as the best words of protection in 2018.