Cat & Dog

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Oh, Mikan-chan, you are so cute relaxing beside an open window. Such a figure reminds Mei-Shun of the German Shepherd boy her host family in U.K. kept decades before. He always accompanied them for a picnic, yet often got carsick. Coveting fresh air, he put his muzzle into a small, triangle slit to pull Mei-Shun’s backseat belt tightly. His name was … Trump.

Tea & Temperature

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Keeping above the same is crucial for Mei-Shun’s good condition: hot tea in hot season. Cold one in chilling days would be awful, while nice if she relaxes in a warm, dry environment. Her stomach anyway seems to need such a care before receiving cold drinks, frozen fruits and ice cream. However, she forgets this rule every summer, fails at once to learn again.

Still Stay

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July would be finished up with today, expecting the most torrid month from tomorrow. However, rain continues to make the field of Mei-Shun’s horsey riding club a wide rice paddy. She enjoyed dancing with Princess Maria and Mr. Tea Time yesterday, perspired and refreshed after as long as 2 weeks. Yet a scale at home let her know that no bag of sugar had gone during above period.

Upside-down twins

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Yes, it is. Both Shin and Mei-Shun use an American calendar system, did not recognize these serial holidays set to serve for the Olympic Games. The husband therefore works as usual, while the wife as well. She cooked, did the dishes, laundered, used a vacuum cleaner on the floor before wiping it up with a wet cloth, played with Ms. Piano, practiced 恋の手習い and studied Spanish. Oh, how quickly time flies!

Where’s mom’s hair donut?

There it is!

My Day

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It is today with 大暑=taisho, 6th and the last of summer 二十四節気. Although it means influx of the hottest season, rain never stops falling. Mom’s mom-in-law planted sunflowers in the garden this year, grown enough to bloom. However, they look a bit too tall to see from the ground. The best place is a verandah upstairs where the former loves to hang futon mats.

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God Gecko

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… or Goddess, it is great honor of Shin and Mei-Shun to see you again. Please take their appreciation of your kind protection, called 家守=yamori meaning a home guardian in our language. Often appears on a window at night, your white silhouette let the wife pick up her smart phone immediately. Here you come from 下手=shimo-te, the left side seen from audiences.

Sorry, photographer is in pajamas.

 

Romantic Rain

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We have 小暑=shousho, the 5th of summer 二十四節気 today, which seems a bit weird because of the timing. It is said to be the beginning of torrid days, meaning the end of rainy season. However, we are often in the middle of the latter, cannot see 七夕=tanabata stars tonight. Perhaps both of 織姫 and 彦星 are too shy to appear in our gaze from below.

Welcome to our veranda.

Sleepy Princess

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Meow, mom seems to refrain from going outdoors today. More precisely, she only drove dad to the nearest station before dropping in the shrine she normally walks to. Welcome back, how was your omikuji lot? Both of two you drew are 吉=lucky, that’s great. White lilies have grown up toward your thighs, sounds nice. What, Tora-chan was on your mom-in-law’s bed? I cannot say purr for it.

It is my privilege.

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Up and Down

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Mei-Shun seems to suffer weekend overeating syndrome from the beginning of this month. On 6th, Shin’s birthday, he and his wife ate all day long, as much as they like. 12th let her enjoy soba. It takes at least 3 days to come back to her normal diet with 3 methods; biggest breakfast, 8-hour carbo and candy-first. And weight control is easier when the couple do together, while difficult if one of them drops out.

Best Soup

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Hi, a larger package of 羅臼昆布, welcome onto the table of Shin and Mei-Shun. The wife has to take good care of you from now, since weather forecasters said minutes before that rainy season seemed to start today in many areas of our archipelago including Kanto. However, it is clear with strong breeze. Well, it often occurs as soon as we come into that period of humidity.