One by One

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Mademoiselle Vert shows 10 flowers right now. First, a bud begins to look bigger, white and round. Secondly, one of lower petals is removed from a shape of folded ball, followed by another. Thirdly, the left ball opens a little to smile, waits for upper three petals to stand up. Mei-Shun should have watered her enough, yet oh, left her thirsty instead for as long as 2 weeks. Sooooo sorry.

Japanese Culture?@holiday

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Mei-Shun visited a beauty salon for a hair-dye in the morning. Shin is at a barber right now for a haircut. They never share a shop for hair-dressing, seems to be normal in our country; many women go to the wife’s favorite, men do the husband’s. As 春分 or vernal equinox today, we might be separated equivalently into day and night. By the way, her reason for not going with him is skin trouble with razor.

 

White Day

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It is called in our country, after a month from Chocolate — oops, St. Valentine’s Day. Yes, Mei-Shun prefers chocolat blanc, yet found the fact lately that there are several foods which stop her appetite. One of them is a piece of dark chocolate. It seems to function like a cup of coffee or green tea; bitter component might be shared among them, reset her tongue.

Thanks to Prof. M.

Many Other

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冨貴寄 is sold, Mei-Shun found for the first time. After visiting her mother’s home, she dropped in 遊中川, a nice shop of Japanese arts and crafts located in Ueno Station. They display round cans named all the same as ones from 菊廼舎. Well, “fu-ki-yo-se” sounds like our verb to mean “blow together”. It just makes sense to call assorted rice crackers, candies and cookies so.

Tulip babies assorted by mom-in-law.

 

3 Cold Days,

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4 warm days, we say to mean spring coming to and fro. However, it seems to be changed into “2 sunny days, 1 rainy day” at least for this year. Cold drops have prevented Mei-Shun from finding backyard plum already bloomed in white, with pink flowers still in buds. Yes, that chimerical branch grown on a snowy tree. How are your friends on Mt. Tsukuba going right now?

Sweet Natto!

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Would you kind followers like it? Mei-Shun the other day saw a TV program which featured that traditional Japanese food made of soybeans. Northern part of our country have heavy snow in winter, forces residents to remove it from roofs and roads. Such a labor seems to let them go to a mount of sugar, on even foods normally had salty. Interested in and a bit scared, she tried it — hmm, not bad.

Blue, Blue Sky

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Our gingko tree finally put off golden coat. Mei-Shun feels that his process to change clothes after summer took shorter than usual this year. Extreme heat and typhoons hurt his green shirt, burned into brown on edge. Rainy autumn blew it down partly, while warm winter delayed it to turn to bright yellow. Now she finished picking up beautiful leaves to dry.