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.

Refrigerator!

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Oh, what happened to you? You and Ms. Microwave is the oldest couple at home of Shin and Mei-Shun. The husband first recognized something weird in you, while the wife followed this morning finding that inner air of you seems to stay just a little bit cooler than room temperature. Well, with lunar new year started, would you like to retire and let them have new one?

Three Women

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Mei-Shun visited her mother, at last within 2018. And it was the second chance for her elder sister, a full-time employee at a department store, to join them (you also stayed with us of course, dad?). They chatted, chatted and chatted on soba lunch, time flied. She had to leave too soon — oh, 白山吹= white kerria japonica, you are so beautiful twice an year, in springtime flower and autumnal leaf.

Master’s Kimono

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Master Mei-Shu gave several ones to her last 名取 in 菊ノ上流. Following is one of them, which Mei-Shun pulled out recently from the closet. Oh, she has not recognized this brighter red line at the bottom of inner cloth. It looks like flowing from outer patterns in the same, yet more chic shade. So which obi sash and 舞扇=fan would be the best? Effective practice seems to come partly from good combination.

Saint Protection

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Gingko and cherry trees planted in the garden of the nearest shrine give beautiful colors right now. It might be because their taller 欅, Zelkova serrata friends worked as heat breakers during summer. Shin and Mei-Shun cordially wish to see them well recovered in green next spring: Gods would provide good of them power to survive. Please, many other Gods still staying in 出雲 help as well.

Home Anytime

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Meow, mom visits her mom today. I remember the latter came to see me years before, yet it was her husband who called me to come nearby over and over. I do not like strangers, especially those who never wait for me to be curious, hiss! However, he gently taught me by wind that mom, who left me alone for a month 3 years and 30 weeks before, would return soon.

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