Japanese Culture@wkday

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This is normally 体育の日=Health and Sports Day, set on the 2nd Monday of October. Still, it was moved toward July 23rd this year by that special event held in Tokyo. Mei-Shun takes it quite nice; with no national holiday yet the novel coronavirus well contracted, compared to above month under a strict state of emergency. Her trot with Princess Maria today was under summer-like sunlight.

Joy of Walking: 2

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So lunar September starts from today. Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine again to greet Gods first, then draw 2 omikuji. She saw 吉=kichi, lucky lots for both of the couple; one for Shin numbered the 21st, the other for herself the 45th. Now is the time to jump and stretching under that great tree. Oops, please do not bite her, mosquito. Your season is already over.

Joy of Walking: 1

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Shin and Mei-Shun recognized that sweet scent again in this early morning. Where is it coming from? The wife found the answer tree when she walked out toward the nearest shrine; in the M’s garden, just opposite to a … garbage station. Well, we are already in cooler air, no masking flavor might be necessary. Anyway, thanks a lot for your a bit delayed blossom.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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It is the first time for Mei-Shun to walk to the nearest shrine in solar 2021. And it is also the last in lunar one starts from tomorrow. Novel coronavirus affects this place as well; hand-washing stone basin never stores water but ever let it flow, box of omikuji lots is accompanied by a bottle of sanitizer, reception table behind A-chan has a transparent curtain.

Happy Horsey

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No exercise. No abdomen with good growling. It was Mei-Shun’s recent (正月)三が日=(shogatsu)-san-ga-nichi, first three days of a new year. That made her regain one sugar bag around the waist again. Mr. Tea Time, Princess Maria, how was your first weekend of 2021? You always bring an empty stomach which symbolizes her health. Please kindly continue to help her control both body and mind.

Spirited Spot

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Walking to the nearest shrine alone has taken 3 months and a week for Mei-Shun. How nice to see blue sky, feeling cool breeze along green rice paddy! Yes, it seems to have been harvested safely during rainy last serial holidays or Silver Week. Omikuji lots said 末吉=sue-kichi, the least luck for herself while 吉=kichi, lucky for Shin. Red spider lilies might be over, just white ones kindly welcomed her.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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It is a great pleasure for Mei-Shun to walk with Shin. They woke up early in the morning, visited the nearest shrine after as long as 3 months. 乙戸沼 Park saw the same interval of above couple for the same reason last week, let the wife contemplate her age. With Respect for the Aged today, she is still behind such maturity. However, health management would become harder.

Fortunate Fountain

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited 乙戸沼 Park yesterday morning, after longer than 3 months. This summer was really, really hot, while rainy season extensive. Both of them prevented above couple from walking around the pond, let alone going outdoors in daytime. Such an interval saw several changes — one of them was a pair of bridge rails. Right one was renewed, yet kept old on the left.

Joy of White

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Mei-Shun loves flowers from the end of this month to all through next; hydrangea, orange, cape jasmine, iris, etc. However, she forgot your name, darling of early rainy season in the nearest shrine garden. May she call you Lady Veil? And oh, it was you, one of Siamese twins. She thought a white-hair lady is working here, hurried to a handkerchief in a pocket to cover her mouth.

Deep Breath

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It is one of the best sights around here for Mei-Shun: green paddy full of young rice. Wild ducks already come, yet queen egrets and king herons seem to wait a little more until it gets taller and greener enough to hide them. Now she is ready to draw two omikuji lots, one for Shin and the other for herself. Oh, 大吉=dai-kichi, the luckiest he got and 吉=kichi, lucky she did.