Simple Sounds


Here the score of 2019 for Ms. Piano follows below. Thanks a lot, Shin, for ordering it from Hong Kong. Mei-Shun was happy enough to head immediately toward her favorite musical partner for a trial play. Hmm, some notes are written like reflected by a mirror. Does it mean a kind of countermelody? … not so bad a guess, it seems. Coming from a cantata, each melody must be correct and clear.

Three Women


Mei-Shun visited her mother, at last within 2018. And it was the second chance for her elder sister, a full-time employee at a department store, to join them (you also stayed with us of course, dad?). They chatted, chatted and chatted on soba lunch, time flied. She had to leave too soon — oh, 白山吹= white kerria japonica, you are so beautiful twice an year, in springtime flower and autumnal leaf.

Joy in Miyagi: 2


Shin chose a suite room with a private garden spa at 竹泉荘. Natural hot water here has no color, no scent while its alkaline component might stimulate a bit your small cut or scratch by fluffy pets. It keeps you warmed for long time, would not need any makeup if bathe in the morning. Mei-Shun put on sneakers expecting to walk around the hotel, yet disturbed by an unexpected guest — a wild bear!



Coffee, Please


Last time when Mei-Shun visited a hair saloon by 5-minute walk from home, a cup and saucer was served. Soooo cute as usual, makes her happy to see. Some of her friends do not like dots pattern, while is quite fond of by herself. Such red and small round shapes remind of holly fruits to represent merry Christmas, don’t they? At least this tree in our backyard would agree on the idea.

Happy Reunion


Mei-Shun met her high-school classmates Yuko-san and Kaori-san at 維新號 in Ginza. She was so happy to see them after around 2 years when the latter kindly came all the way from Tokyo to Tsuchiura, with her husband to see 汐汲. They looked satisfied with lunch of 7 courses, making the organizer feel relieved who lists this Chinese restaurant on the top.

Thanks, Kaori-san.




They canceled 花傘巡行=hanagasa-junko, a parade including lively children carrying portable shrines, women in kimonos and hats with handmade flowers, geiko ladies, maiko girls and etc., in Kyoto to avoid dozens of heatstroke patients this year. Meow, mom and I agree with 八坂神社 who organizes Gion Festival, flexible enough to make such a clever decision.

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Nice Combination


Mei-Shun went to 高輪, Tokyo for a haircut. She actually has two hairdressers; one a woman who manages a saloon taking her 5 minutes walk from home, while another a man she enjoyed an excursion of one hour and a half on train to visit today. Both have excellent technique; with the former in charge of maintenance and sometimes makeup advice, the latter styling.

With green tea in green.