Thanks to Mom


Jasmine and basil pots following below came from a flower shop whose owner florist is very friendly, generous enough to add something nice for Mei-Shun almost every time she visits there. Yesterday was Mother’s Day, perhaps one of the busiest and the most lucrative for such business. She felt therefore quite satisfied with their simple job in making a bouquet full of carnations including new breed “Moondust”.

Japanese Culture@holiday


Yesterday was Children’s Day. Shin and Mei-Shun enjoyed 粽=chimaki, sweetened rice cake stick and 柏餅=kashiwa-mochi, rice cake wrapped by oak leaves, filled with sweetened bean paste. Well, the couple is in weight control, yet mentioned delicacy is indispensable. They therefore walked to the nearest shrine expecting to spend calories, while to make a wish on 朔 of lunar April.

After 4Y


So they have safely passed since Mei-Shun left the hospital. Each day to date has been precious, even when she felt sad or stressful. Now with 令和=Reiwa Era starts from the 1st of next month, she wishes to walk forward loving every step.  The former kanji letter meant in ancient times “message from millions of Gods” represented by the sun and the moon who always protect all of us.

Clair de Lune


Oh, what a shock it is — Mei-Shun partly forgot how to play that beautiful score. She admits the fact that Master J. S. Bach has occupied her mind for these 5 weeks, while never stops admiring Monsieur Debussy. Her practice patterns always include the latter’s pieces: “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” and “Arabesque” sound great and are best for finger stretching. It just depends, what would be chosen to enjoy next.

Going So-so


Mei-Shun means her diet. She resumed walking to the nearest shrine at least 4 days a week, with the latest omikuji lot says:

The 20th Lucky: those who see this lot would find light in the dark like a bright moon. Still, watch steps forward and Gods would give protection to reach happiness.

狛犬 couple A-chan and N-chan, could you bring her half-lucky one to your master?

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Warmer Rain


We have 雨水=usui, the 2nd of spring 二十四節気 today. It really does — raindrops started to fall before noon, much earlier than forecasted. Well, as 大寒 was with spring in the air compared to snowy 小寒 last month, blossom season might follow sooner this year. By the way, Mei-Shun wonders what would come for tonight when supermoon is expected to be seen.

Just cloudy in the morning.



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?