Japanese Culture@holiday

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Thanks a lot, young people to reach 20 years old within March 2023. You give us adults a holiday on Monday, making 3-day little vacation after just 2-day new year. No rain, no snow is convenient for gorgeous kimonos you put on, that makes Mei-Shun feel happy as well. She stays at home with Mikan-chan like a normal weekday — Shin works as usual. Such a situation is suitable to vacuum rooms up, while to cook beans.

Bon Appétit!

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Mei-Shun takes it nice to see a new month starts from Monday. November 2021 therefore has 5 beginnings of a week, seems a bit rare for shorter months with 30 days. It might not be a reason why Kaori-san chose this timing, while she saw one of her high-school friends just in front of 寿=Kotobuki Building, Kyoto which accommodates her 4th exhibition from Saturday.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Meow, today is my 18th birthday. And Respect-for-the-Aged Day this year, as the 3rd Monday from 2003 when I was born. Well, “aged” sound a bit weird to me who never get it, while count 88 years old exchanged into a human lady. That might mean mom’s habit of saying animals including my species are wiser than hers, purr. I’ll keep taking care of you, always have, always will.

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Doll Festival

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Mei-Shun loves it, mainly for simple and lovely sweets including ひなあられ=hina-arare, 白酒=shiro-sake, etc. The former is white, pink and green-colored puffed rice coated with sugar, while the latter white sake. Oh, she found it is different from 甘酒=ama-sake; 白 is alcoholic using もち米=special rice for cake, yet 甘 alcohol-free made of normal one.

Mom-in-law’s ちらし鮨=chirashi-sushi

Pretty Purr

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We have 小寒=sho-kan, the 5th of winter 二十四節気 today. They say the coldest months 寒=kan would start, while I enjoy warm hands and legs of mom on the sofa as usual. Why are you in a kind of fidget? Oh, it is birthday of her mom-in-law as well, surprising flowers are waited to arrive. How about a cake? Not reserved this year, because dad is on a diet.

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Yesterday was 1122, called “good married couple’s day” reading these numbers in Japanese yi-yi-fu-fu. Mei-Shun contacted members of 紫苑会, group of Aster tataricus named after their high school, including Kaori-san. Her exhibition weeks held so far in Kyoto have covered this date, let Shin and Mei-Shun go on a happy one-night trip to there to see above artist and her husband Mr. M.

Her works outdoors

New Moon

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Lunar August starts from today. It is also 八朔=hassaku, a timing to prepare for typhoons like 二百十日 and 二百二十日 counted from 立春=risshun, the first of 二十四節気. Well, not a storm but a tropical cyclone might come up to cover Kanto Area. Mei-Shun visited the club to dance with Princess Maria, Mr. Hallelujah Sunday and Mr. Tea Time, perspired enough to see her goal weight at night.

 

New Life

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Mei-Shun’s 4 grapefruit pots finally moved onto the ground. After a butterfly safely departed from one of them, a mother laid eggs on another. However, it seemed difficult for those 3 babies to survive since their bed was already used, with only poor leaves left. Mei-Shun therefore brought them down to the garden where a kumquat tree is planted. Mom-in-law found her and kindly asked if she could be a help.

Half-year Prayer

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Yes, this is a kind of special day for Shin and Mei-Shun. Six years have passed since they made it a rule to enjoy 水無月=minazuki, our way to call June while following delicacy popular in Kansai area. Cut into two triangles, the couple share it by another half; thanking one for allowing happy and safe life to them, keeping the other in the freezer to see later when they succeed in weight control.