Japanese Culture@holiday

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine yesterday for 初詣=hatsu-mode, new-year greeting to Gods. The former drew an omikuji lot of 吉=kichi, lucky while the latter dai-kichi, the luckiest as following below. It might be the first time for her to see one with both the 1st number and the luckiest there. She feels so happy, takes it as the best words of protection in 2018.

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あけましておめでとうございます

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A Happy New Year! Did you see the first sunrise of 2018? Of course Mei-Shun did, while never had thought of her goal of this year before 24 : 00 of last night. It is because they say 来年の事を言えば鬼が笑う= when you talk about matters of next year, demons would laugh at it. That means your future cannot be foreseen. She agrees with the idea, told herself not to have any pipe dream. Oh, what a beautiful 十五夜 moon!

Lecture for U

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Mei-Shun has done a course to be a legal guardian, hoping that she could contribute to hyper-aged Japanese society through this system. Her result of qualification test will be informed in a week. DVD lectures were aired at a community center in Ishioka City where a nice confectionary shop 羽鳥屋 serves nearby. European/Japanese sweets are displayed neatly, tastes great with reasonable price.

Warm Wishes

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乙戸沼 has not yet hosted lovely friends — winter still seems to stay behind late autumn with 朔 of lunar October or 神無月 tomorrow. We have to wait a little more to see waterfowls play and chat lively on the pond, while it makes Mei-Shun straighten herself up again. At least one of her 2017 goals should be accomplished, even if halfway in respect of beauty.

After 2Y + 30Wks

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Dr. A gave Mei-Shun a superficial check on her body by palpation before saying “no problem” as usual, one of the happiest words for her ex-inpatient. It relieved her so much because she drew the worst omikuji at the nearest shrine in the morning. She had another of half-lucky on behalf of Shin, bound it with hers on a branch of 南天 or Nandina domestica to ask protection of Gods.

Good Survival

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Cicada guys, they say your season has already gone. However, in spite of well-known saying that 暑さ寒さも彼岸まで= “Both sultry weather and freezing one would end at autumnal and vernal equinoxes”, we still have summer in daytime these days. Mei-Shun admires your energy, hoping you would be able to meet good girls to marry. So does Mikan-chan as well with her paws crossed.

 

She Stagnates

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Lunar July starts with tonight’s 朔=saku. What would Mei-Shun wish? Of course, success in her weight management. Actually, it has stopped losing for 12 weeks so far. She lost more than 2 bags of sugar in the first month, thanks to 8-hour carbo method. That means it works well to keep her current shape. Well, one more sack is necessary to go for health, several more for vogue.

Baby clothes purify bad luck.