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?

Amazing!

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What Gods mean by this, Mei-Shun wonders. She visited the nearest shrine, drew two omikuji lots as usual — one for Shin, the other for herself. They are twins both in number and luck as follows: The 44th Lucky. Those who see this lot have bad and good luck as well, like black and white stones on a 碁=go game board. Take care of others and make efforts, and everything would go better.

New Faces

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Mei-Shun feels so happy to welcome them into her kitchen; new refrigerator and dish washer. The former came to her at night, while the latter in the morning. On the other hand, her laundry machine and refrigerator are in cool champagne-gold, from P company. Since purchased via internet, they force her to read explanation brochures carefully — that is one of jobs she hesitates to do.

Friends Fly

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited 乙戸沼 Park after months. It was her proposal, hoping to see winter waterfowls before their departure. Oh, here you are, including wild ducks, swans and larus ridibundus or black-headed gulls. They saw fulica atra as well, increasing in number rapidly these days (according to mom). So chic a white beak among all-black body. Great to see you.

New Moon

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Yesterday was so busy for Shin and Mei-Shun; solar eclipse culminated around 10:00, lunar December started with 朔, 小寒=shokan, the 5th of winter 二十四節気 which means beginning of the coldest season. Well, well, anyway, they walked to the nearest shrine for the 2nd greeting to Gods. And the wife decided her 2019 goals; to gain a Spanish certificate, to take Japanese Instructor exam, and etc.

Eager to watch it safely.

Joy of Friendship

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Thank you so much for your invitation, Kaori-san. It is the first time for Mei-Shun to visit Mr. and Mrs. M’s home in Tokyo, with 石神井公園 Park taking just a few minutes to walk. Shin often enjoyed driving to there with his wife on weekends when they lived in 杉並 Ward. Rowing a boat on the pond, 三宝寺池 beyond a roadway has never been their goal.

Field Up!

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Thank you so much, Ms. I and Mr. Vanilla Arc. Mei-Shun finally made it: a certificate for the 4th grade of horseback riding technique would come to her hands soon. She played horse-related scores including “Life of Merry-go-round” and “La chevaleresque” before driving to the club. The former needs more practice, like gallop steps do to this happy face who has just graduated from a beginner.

Well done, mom.