Joy at Nara

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It gave Shin and Mei-Shun an excellent, refreshing experience. Cycling around this ancient capital under clear sky is always happy, while might be the best at just before the end of cherry blossom. Chinese milk vetch planted in rice paddy blooms lively, while a white, petal-layered cherry already does to welcome the couple. Oh, beautiful 六臂如意輪観世音菩薩像 at 橘寺, it is great pleasure of the wife to see you again.

Joy at Osaka

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Shin and Mei-Shun made their annual trip to 明日香村, Nara prefecture. They had enjoyed it in May after Golden Week serial holidays, yet decided to go there earlier this year to get rid of a kind of upset following change of era. Just a one-night stay for Mikan-chan, at a gorgeous hotel in a nearby city. Now, shall we go out to watch energetic tourists gathering around 道頓堀 area?

Spring Symbol

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Shin and Mei-Shun enjoyed lunch at 大志満 in 高輪 area. It was cloudy around noon, a little sad cherry blossom looked in 30%. However, every dish was full of pink shade starting from following bowl of squid and 麩=fu, wheat-gluten cake with tofu-sauce topped. A twig of flowering cherry was attached to sashimi plate. Dessert included sakura-flavored bean jelly.

Early Spring

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Mei-Shun’s route to the nearest shrine shows clearly which season walks with her. Current one sees veronica persica and plums; blue, white and pink bloom more and more day by day. Yet oops, she drew 凶=kyo, unlucky omikuji lot. Dear flowers, 狛犬 couple and moon-window lanterns, please give your merciful sympathy to this a bit plump dieter.

Simple Sounds

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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

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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

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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!