Japanese Culture@holiday

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We have 秋分=shu-bun, autumnal equinox today. Mei-Shun misses mother’s handmade o-hagi, while a bit shocked by the same plant in our garden. Mom-in-law is a wonderful manager, yet sometimes turns into a potent branch-cutter. Bushclover is quite a strong breed, often looked blooming twice an year around here in Ibaraki. Or many gardeners  give it a chance to work out.

Flower Flavor

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Yes, autumn has come. Mei-Shun caught nice scent in a recent morning, looked around yet could not find any tree. Her horsey riding club also has a big fragrant olive, already bloomed a bit. Princess Maria, do you recognize it? Those little, yellowish orange flowers let us relax enough to enjoy cool wind through sunlight still strong. And Professor M, thank you so much for above artistic image.

Precious Paws

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Shin and Mei-Shun feel happy these days to see Mikan-chan sleep in her shining silver coat. She began to look a bit shaky in right rear leg several months before, made above couple scared of the day which they wish never comes. However, thanks to energy jelly sticks, she is all different right now — her eyes stopped sobbing, muscle grew up, etc. And oh, she quickly leaves a dining table when her mom returns from another room.

Lithe Line

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This is one of corns mom-in-law grew. Not only a good cook, she is the best garden manager who chooses, plants and grows flowers, fruits and vegetables. Her 梅干し=ume-boshi, dried plum pickles has recently been found to be an excellent seasoning by Mei-Shun. Many people in our country eat it with rice porridge, yet a few put it directly into their cookers.

Three Tresses

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Mei-Shun found this lovely flower on a pot where Shin’s Christmas gift were arranged years before. She first thought they were twins, yet little another found twining around the tallest one. Hi, great to see you here again. Which do you represent; Shin, mom-in-law and MS, or this couple accompanied by Mikan-chan? Either would be fine, with only difference that the wife is shorter than the husband.

Joy of Park: 3

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Yes, it came again with a wide and gorgeous iris bed. 乙戸沼 accommodates wide area for aquatic plants, getting into full blossom at the beginning of June. We have 入梅=nyu-bai, one of 9 雑節 today while 梅雨=tsuyu or rainy season has not yet been declared in Kanto Area. Ms. Piano, would you join Mei-Shun to play that masterpiece composed by Mr. Chopin?

Garden Girls

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They are so glorious in morning light that Mei-Shun took a lot of photos. Hydrangea, lavender, rose and clematis all stand gracefully in colorful dresses. Mom-in-law takes good card of them, chose the last in unique shape and shade. “Looking like tulip, yet a genuine breed” is her comment. Normal ones are sometimes called 鉄線=tessen or 風車=kazaguruma, a pinwheel.

Snow Spots

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Oh-oh, what a big bruise on Mei-Shun’s left calf! She noticed it when put off one of long socks. Assailant is definitely known: Mr. Silver Pure whose name represents what he is. Even a good guy in a gray coat can kick a temporary trimmer with no intention but a clean heart. And that Shin has as well, who sent his wife above photo of Mt. Fuji looking a bit like her horseshoe stamp.

Fantastic Photo

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Thank you so much, Professor M or Shimaneko-sensei. Yes, Mei-Shun anticipated a “supermoon” and total eclipse of it tonight. Princess Maria and Ms. Last One, are you interested in it? Please listen, there seems to be less people outdoors in daytime. That might be because many of them prepared to observe this natural, yet incredible  phenomenon.

Rainbow Revoir

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Stormy weather nearly prevented Mei-Shun from visiting a hair salon nearby Tokyo Station yesterday. Since Ms. Scarlet is under repair, Shin’s car descended from beloved father of his wife helped her to get on a train. She dropped in a department store after a haircut, purchased some plates for dinner. Then an e-mail message came from him asking where she was. Yes, let’s go home together.