Novel to Normal

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Mei-Shun went to a research institute with mom-in-law today, to get the 3rd vaccination against that coronavirus still “new” following 4 kinds already found among us human beings. Gods of rain kindly stopped falling when they got on Ms. Scarlet. It was the first time they entered the site. Beautiful trees in light green, white and pink welcomed them under gray sky. It might be why they saw no crowd.

Shining Shrine

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Both of solar April and lunar March start from today. Mei-Shun visited 日先神社 after driving Shin to the nearest station. Cold rain stormed out warm air, made her feel frozen in hands. She still enjoyed wet cherry blossom avoiding drops thanks to a blue  umbrella full of patterns of the same flower. Now which messages would she receive from Gods by omikuji lots? … well, might be better than before.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Bota-mochi or Ohagi handmade on vernal/autumnal equinox respectively by mother is favorite of Mei-Shun, her elder sister and beloved father. Still haunted by that novel coronavirus, she has not been able to visit home of her parents on above days for as long as 2 years. She therefore plans to cook it by herself, went out for a hair cut at a salon nearby Tokyo Station instead.

And A

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… day when Mei-Shun visited the hospital passed. She has not received medicine yet for 2 reasons; one is a prescription Dr. A gave her, the other is her pill box where some still stay on a table. As to the former, this ex-inpatient had a phone call while driving toward home. She did not replied immediately (of course not), later found the number similar to Dr. A’s, called back to know that above is a bit wrong.

After 6Y + 50Wks

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Mei-Shun finally saw Dr. A with CT-image taking just before noon today. It should have been at the end of January — when they always said “a happy new year” while “please have a nice end of the year” in July. The former would have been fine; especially 2022 who had lunar New Year’s Day on February 1st, yet the latter a bit weird; changed from midsummer to autumn hereafter. It seems still too soon even for demons to laugh at.

Health and Happiness

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… to you, young girls including Princess Maria and Ms. Sagittarius. We have Doll’s Festival today while a new moon to start lunar February. Mei-Shun dropped in the nearest shrine this morning after saying good day to Shin from driver’s seat of Ms. Scarlet. Now what omikuji lots would Gods give her? 末吉=sue-kichi and 半吉 han-kichi, the least and half luck respectively.

After 6Y + 43Wks

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Mei-Shun planned to see Dr. A for half-an-year examination today. However, several matters including Mikan-chan’s condition forced her human mom to change date of above appointment. It became March 15th, just 7 weeks ahead when she wishes current variant of that novel coronavirus to be soothed. Hi darling, what a good girl whose breakfast took a jelly stick around teatime!

Mt. 鳴春?

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Yes, nice numbers on a scale let Mei-Shun treat herself to 瓦せんべい=well-baked cookie by くつわ堂 on weekend. It is big enough to cover Shin’s face completely, gave the wife one direct bite dreamed of for as long as 2 weeks. However, there seems to be bigger one available via internet. All right, when she reach the ultimate goal where 1.5 less sugar bag has gone.

十三夜

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Thank you so much, Professor M. He reminded Mei-Shun of the thirteenth moon or 栗名月 seen last night. It abruptly turned to the end of autumn from Sunday with a cold, too cold rainfall. Putting on 袷=awase or a double kimono, Mei-Shun visited Master Bando’s place today to start lesson of 松の寿, 長唄. On the other hand, Ms. S would dance 寿, 大和楽 on a stage anticipated next year.

Happy Hanako

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Master Bando plans to hold a stage performance next year. It would be a simple one with no wig or long kimono, called 浴衣ざらえ=yukata-sarae or ざらい= –sarai. Mei-Shun means to dance 男舞, male-style while Ms. S female 女舞. Such a small goal gives them a kind of mettle to learn more. And bigger 本ざらえ=hon-sarae/i is anticipated after next, with 白拍子花子 putting on 金烏帽子.