Joy at Fukushima

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It has nice 駄菓子=dagashi, Japanese traditional tea-time sweets. Not only taste simple and good, they also look so lovely that both adults and children can enjoy. Mei-Shun’s favorite is もも餅, peach rice cake while mom-in-law’s 松茸, matsutake mushroom. Shin knows well the latter, advised his wife to choose it as a souvenir. By the way, his first business trip in 2018 is to this city from today.

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Out of Blue Bags

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Mei-Shun learned it the other day. Her soup never became salty enough even after she added 4 teaspoons of the white, dry grain. She took it as coming from her condition, gave up to make more. When Shin tried hearing his wife’s wondering, he also failed, just told her “it tastes all right”. Now, he opened a corn can, spread a pinch of salt on it and burst into laughter — it was granulated sugar!

Merry-go-round

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Also as the name of bookstore in Kyoto which hosted Kaori-san‘s exhibition, Mei-Shun plays it on Ms. Piano a bit better than before. She recently heard the same score by orchestra downstairs — meaning that mom-in-law learned this fascinating melody. Well, her daughter-in-law must be very careful not to make too much mistouch sounds from now, even if auditory difficulty would protect ears of the gentle lady.

Super Star

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Ms. Scarlet has finally come to us. Under the bright supermoon last night, Shin received her from his brother-in-law on behalf of Mei-Shun: she is not allowed to go out at night right now, even in the garden. She rushed to her this morning, found easy-to-learn numbers put on the plate. Hello darling, kindly let your mom start you for a trial drive. Oh? How to start your engine??

Slow Starter

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Our backyard gingko finally began to turn yellow. He is the last to do so, that means autumn is leaving soon: temperature in early mornings has already sunk under 3 degrees Celsius. Mr. Aladdin has asked Mei-Shun to replenish his stomach for a few times. Now, blown by gale after gale of winter, she receives another occupation to pick up fallen leaves in balcony.

Totoro’s Cap

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I am. He stands looking at the first sunshine in the morning, I love to jump on him to warm ourselves together. Since it is freezing from last weekend, we must be in a hurry to catch the sun — he quickly goes into futon mats of cloud. Meow, dear my friend, stop your nose running. Mom told me laughing that it was me who made you like this, yet I don’t believe it. Purr … purrr …

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Dance to Sleep

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When Mei-Shun would like to have a comfortable sleep in bed at night, she makes it a rule to call her inner sister Petite Mei-Shun and ask her to dance 娘道成寺. Ms. Petite always does very well, let Grande Mei-Shun go asleep before 引き抜き=hiki-nuki, quick change of costume with two different-color kimono layered. The other day, she tried 汐汲 as an inducer and failed — shocked by such a transient memory.