Cute Circle

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Meow, dad brought home a souvenir from Okayama Prefecture where delicious white peaces come from. Of course it is 吉備団子, rice cake ball which 桃太郎=momo-taro, a hero born from a big peach gave to a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to make them his disciples. Purr, I love your shape, friends. Did you curl yourselves like I do on mom’s legs?

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Japanese Culture@holiday

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Yesterday was Children’s Day. Shin and Mei-Shun enjoyed 粽=chimaki, sweetened rice cake stick and 柏餅=kashiwa-mochi, rice cake wrapped by oak leaves, filled with sweetened bean paste. Well, the couple is in weight control, yet mentioned delicacy is indispensable. They therefore walked to the nearest shrine expecting to spend calories, while to make a wish on 朔 of lunar April.

Eighty Eight

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We have 八十八夜, 88th night passed since立春 today. Green tea pick at this time is said to taste the best. Mei-Shun visited a nearby hair saloon in the morning, enjoyed a cup of it (maybe not so new) and rushed to a shop to purchase some, had right to draw a lot. Here she won 1,000-yen tickets, surprised not only herself but also clerks there. Now let her renew the teapot whose lid she broke the other day.

Heisei Ends

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Meow, the era I was born is going. Mom would see it change twice in her life; from Showa to Heisei as the first, to Reiwa this time. She might experience even the third, yet future is not ours to see. Her interest is rather on 銀杏餅=gingko cake, one of the best sweets from Toyama Prefecture, which is due by today. Another 玉天=baked meringue would keep on tasting good over Golden Week, she says. Purr …

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Joy at Nara: 2

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飛鳥寺 accommodates the first large Buddha statue in our country. Shin admires that beautiful entity, saying it resembles Mr. O, the first boss of his wife. To her interest, neither of them has taken any photos of their favorite artworks. One of the reasons for such an attitude might be that both of 六臂如意輪観世音菩薩 and 飛鳥大仏 are kind enough to wait for their annual visit.

Mysterious delicacy only available at 飛鳥寺

Dreaming Sakura

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Mei-Shun visited her mother’s home today. She prepared ohagi, rice ball coated with anko, sweetened red bean paste since her younger daughter missed the latest お彼岸=o-higan, 7 days before and after vernal/autumnal equinox. Hi dad, shall we enjoy this handmade delicacy together? 染井吉野 Cherry blossom is still kept beautiful around here, like ones Shin watched at night with his wife the other day.

Week-holiday

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited one of their favorite soba restaurant for lunch. Yes, he is going for a business trip on weekend, made today off to stay with her. After a nice meal, they drove to a site where beautiful cherry trees are accommodated; violet pink, weeping one in similar shade, pale pink 染井吉野, etc. The last is almost full bloom in Tokyo, yet still in buds around here.

Fried soba is among normal tempra.