Thrilling Tuition


Mei-Shun used to visit monthly a local bank to get new bills. Our traditional arts including kabuki dance, 茶道=sado tea ceremony, 華道=kado flower arrangement for examples, often welcome them rather than old ones. On the other hand, ATMs of her main bank sometimes offer notes clean enough to work for such opportunities. That seems like a lottery, would be her new custom.



We have 立春=risshun, the 1st of spring 二十四節気 today. Yes, it means that winter has gone, spring starts. However, it is colder than yesterday 節分=setsu-bun, one of 9 雑節 which informs season alteration more clearly than above. Mei-Shun would have liked to get a bag of baked soy beans to spread both outdoors and indoors, while only smaller bags of assorted ones were available.

Protection Pls


We had 大安=tai-an, the best of 六曜 yesterday. Mei-Shun dropped in the nearest shrine today in 赤口=shakko, among above meaning inconvenient for business, to draw 2 omikuji lots; one for Shin, the other for herself. What, 凶=kyo and 末吉=sue-kichi? They are the worst and second-worse lucks respectively. Could you dear N-狛犬 keep these on behalf of the couple?

Glorious Green


We have 穀雨=koku-yu, the 6th and last of spring 二十四節気 today. Stormy weekend never hurt our garden flowers in pure white, while wild wisteria high on the top of a camphor tree. And yes, “backyard” gingko was cut toward railing of upstairs verandah, in order to avoid spreading too much leaves in autumn, mom-in-law told Shin and Mei-Shun.

Garden Guardian


Hi, Tora-chan, thanks to help mom-in-law. It seems the best to take care of greens and flowers today, with a bit too much warmth last week while returned to normal after 清明=seimei, the 5th of spring 二十四節気 on Sunday. Why are you two moving just like each other? And you sweet tabby, please say hello to the Ys when you enter their space full of grown butterbur.

Doll Festival


This is for girls, maybe set to be the counterpart of Children’s Day celebrated mainly for boys on May 5th. Both of them are days of sweets as well, since hina-arare, rice puffs coated with frosty sugar are served on the former while kashiwa-mochi, rice cakes wrapping red bean-paste balls on the latter. For Shin and Mei-Shun, lovely frog faces joined — souvenir from Nagoya.

Silky Spring


We had 春一番=haru-ichiban, the first southern wind blows between 立春 and 春分 on Saturday (Cat Day as well). So it is warm enough this morning, seems nice to go to the club. However, hay disease prevented Shin and Mei-Shun from doing so — the former is a serious patient. Another reason was a phone call from Ms. I informing that Mr. Silk Traveler, the latter reserved, changed his job into the first horsey for new comers only.

Isn’t it too soon, dandelion?

2nd in 2019


酉の市=tori-no-ichi is not a market in the Italian city, yet a festival held on the Cock days of Chinese zodiac in November. Instead of grilled or fried chickens, sold are decorated rakes whose size ranging from your hand to whole body. It is said to be derived from harvest celebration by residents nearby a big shrine named after 大酉 or 鳳 =oh-tori, an imaginary animal.

@Ueno Station

Mr. Aladdin


Meow, I miss him so much, who would soon appear in the living room again. Mom’s preparation for winter will continue until weekend when dad comes back from 上海. However, it was warm enough today, let me enjoy taking a nap on the sofa with no covering. Will 木枯らし1号, the first northern gale between the middle of October and the end of this month, really blow tonight?

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