Japanese Culture@holiday

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Today is Showa Day, named after a late emperor who represented an era Mei-Shun was born. Good rainfall continues from early morning. How do you take it, recent all-dry 2 weeks around here? Mei-Shun does as a kind of relief, hearing exultation song from everybody in our garden including Ms. Scarlet. Ms. Piano, shall we sing moonlight scores in order to ask clear sky tomorrow?

Appetite Advancer

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Meow, beautiful Pink Moon is floating in the sky tonight making dad, mom and me really happy. It is shaped like my crisps cut into pieces by her these days. Thanks a lot, yet please do not forget — leftover of them on a bowl in next mornings is not tasty enough, even if moved onto clean one. A bit grams of new, little half moons would allow my mouth to chew more.

Waiting for mom

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Missing Moon

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So lunar March starts from today. Mei-Shun takes it really lucky to be able to see Princess Maria, Ms. Last One and Madoka-chan for dancing together celebrating true season of peach flowers. The same month on solar calendar was abnormally warm, looks like exchanging temperature and rainfall with current one. Or are we April fools joked by 2021?

Happy Home

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We would see a full moon tonight, with 3 days left for current month. Mei-Shun takes it a kind of lucky, since these are ones February in 丑 never has. With all the same arrangement starting from Monday, one fourth of 2021 would elapse soon. She seems to have got used to her new weeks made of kabuki dance, horsey riding and Ms. Piano beside Shin and Mikan-chan of course.

Red and Pink

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With lunar February started from Saturday, we would expect the third crescent tonight. A bit too soon to celebrate Peach Festival on the same calendar, yet Mei-Shun is really happy to see Momo-chan, our garden princess prepare spring dance full of bright pink buds — her first flowers opened yesterday in stormy wind. Following fruit also makes this rider of weight-rolling-coaster content in both mouth and eyes.

Silent Saver

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So we would see the first full moon of lunar 2021 tomorrow. It is a bit cloudy from this morning, relieves Mei-Shun of hanging futon mats outdoors. Almost no sunlight, yet open windows for fresh air. It has become one of new customs to avoid infection of the novel coronavirus. She heard that less people passed away in our country last year, partly thanks to such manners perhaps.

Father Found

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Shin and Mei-Shun walked to the nearest shrine yesterday. Yes, on the 3rd of lunar January, the chief priest was sitting at a reception desk. The wife therefore purchased a 破魔矢=hamaya, arrow to break the evil with 丑 meaning Ox, symbol of 2021. She did the same 12 years before, wishing Gods to protect dad whose 干支 was this one. Please give a kind shelter to your children this time.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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It is the first time for Mei-Shun to walk to the nearest shrine in solar 2021. And it is also the last in lunar one starts from tomorrow. Novel coronavirus affects this place as well; hand-washing stone basin never stores water but ever let it flow, box of omikuji lots is accompanied by a bottle of sanitizer, reception table behind A-chan has a transparent curtain.

Half Moon

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Mei-Shun saw her shine in dawn purple. Yes, lunar New Year’s Day takes only one week left. Still freezing in the morning and evening, yet sunrise is getting earlier while sunset later. It is helpful for this housewife to start laundry machine just after breakfast, vacuum rooms and hang futon mats. It serves Mikan-chan as well for longer sunbathing on the sofa, shampooing carefully.

Full Moon

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Thank you so much, Professor S. She gently sent Mei-Shun an oval-cut Saudi diamond or “Desert Star” as birthday gift, made into a lovely pendant head. Another in brilliant cut is anticipated to become a pair of earrings with an emerald, currently enjoys an expedition on a ship of white shell within bedroom dresser. Would you two join her tonight to watch your beautiful mother in the sky?