Japanese Culture@wkday

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Golden Week holidays are over, returning many of us to normal workdays — yes, normal. It seems to Mei-Shun that understanding of current normalcy really depends. For example, an owner of a beauty salon she visited today is a pottery lover. 陶炎祭=hi-matsuri held in 笠間 has been her annual destination of this season, yet cancelled to avoid crowd.

Sapphire Saves

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Mei-Shun meant to visit Master Bando today with a kimono in blue, cherry blossom patterns sewn by a friend of beloved Master Mei-Shu. However, iris one is available in current season only while the above all through the year in our country. She therefore wrapped the former into 小風呂敷=kofuroshiki a small, square piece of silk and changed 眼差しの貴婦人 to Ms. Blue, her engagement ring.

Red Rose

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Mei-Shun often has a sore throat after catching a cold. Coughing for weeks has lead to awful bronchitis. Such a condition is too inconvenient to balance with active life, she concentrates on care by gargle, iodine lotion and medical drink. Yes, water plays a very important role; a glass of it easily lets slight fever go, humidity weakens viruses including that novel one perhaps.

First in 2021

Cute Cup

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It is a great pleasure of Mei-Shun to see it again at a nearby beauty salon. She visits there every 3 weeks for hair dye, served coffee, tea, green tea or fruit juice waiting for the medicine to work well. This season of cherry blossom gently makes her request one of favorite pottery among collection of the owner beautician. “What floats on surface is not dust but beaten gold”, she said.

Dance and Dentist

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Mei-Shun visited Master Bando for a lesson in the morning, Dr. M for a regular check in the afternoon. She practiced how to bind obi sash on a shirt and jeans beforehand, chose かるた結び=karuta-musubi or card-shape fastening for today’s kimono. Giving up chatting on a cup of tea, she rushed back home to wash mouth. Sorry, Mikan-chan, mom has to leave you alone twice.

No Nocturne

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Mei-Shun’s horsey riding club always airs classical music. There may be a radio program featuring famous scores like “The Nutcracker” composed by Master Tchaikovsky, “Carmen” by Master Bizet, etc. Today’s menu had all piano pieces including that dulcet score by Master Chopin. It reminded her repertoire to try at home, made a disastrous result.

Ms. Red Plage

Fragrant Flower

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Following 蝋梅=robai, Chimonanthus praecox descends from hands of Mei-Shun’s beloved father. Original tree planted by him blooms in late December, gives mother one of ornaments for every new year. However, this prodigy in their younger daughter’s garden seems to have two different families within a body; one with round petals and blossom in Dec., the other layered stars in February.

Circular Custom

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It seems good for Mei-Shun to take alcohol once or twice a week at supper. She used to drink much at almost every party, sometimes failed with hangover next morning. However, just a tiny glass of sake makes not only better feeling of taste but also in stomach. Now she finished Shin’s souvenir 山花 from Nagano, another calvados is ready after replenishing current one with an apple grown within the bottle.

March Moving

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Mei-Shun planed to visit a police station in Tsukuba to renew her driver’s license. Since a piece of photo is necessary, she used an automatic photographer twice — one in kimono, the other taken before riding a horsey. Shin preferred the former, chosen to work for 5 years. Now every item is ready, she started Ms. Scarlet … oh? Where is it, driving navigator? There is no building, just an empty ground.

Thank you so much, Master Mei-Shu.

Trip to Tokyo

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It is alone for Mei-Shun today, Shin went on one-night business trip to Hokkaido. And it is never nonessential or non-urgent for the wife to go out for a hair saloon, feeling of excursion just follows. Ushiku Pond, rippled by northern wind and Cup-noodle Chimney, redecorated to give clear white steam looked friendly as always through windows. Sky Tree, great to take your photo at dusk.