Gecko Gekko

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Hi, tiny friend, great to see you again — yet all right? Mei-Shun has taken it normal that your species would sleep in winter until it gets warmer. Or you might stay indoors from the time of birth, had no chance to learn how to hibernate. She hopes that you will grow enough here to lead a comfortable life even outdoors. By the way, did you see that beautiful 二十六夜 crescent early this morning?

Green to Gold

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The last solar month of 2022 starts. Mei-Shun meant to visit the nearest shrine on foot, yet canceled it with so cold a wind from the north and sporadic rainfall. How is that big gingko tree, whose golden yellow coat she admires? In his place did she pick up fan-shaped leaves fell on verandah floor. Yes, the same breed in our backyard finally decided to change clothes.

Seasonal Sakura

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We have 立冬=ritto, the 1st of winter 二十四節気 today. Well, it might be real this year — Mei-Shun sees these days a thermometer of Ms. Scarlet point below 10 degrees Celsius in early morning and late at night. However, still a beginning of November turns it up to around 20 degrees in daytime. She therefore has to bring a jacket into horsey riding field, choose if put it on or off.

On and Over

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Powerful Typhoon Nanmadol or No. 14 in 2022 made amazing 4 landfalls; 1st on 鹿児島=Kagoshima, 2nd 福岡=Fukuoka, 3rd 島根=Shimane and the last 新潟=Niigata this morning. Born nearby 小笠原=Ogasawara in Tokyo, it came from southern Kyushu to the north, did similar from western Honshu to the east. Mei-Shun is forced to stay home all day long; studying, cleaning, practicing 松の緑 and playing Ms. Piano.

Droll Dripping

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We have 白露=hakuro, the 3rd of autumnal 二十四節気 today. 白 means white and 露 drop, while the latter fell down on mom-in-law’s table this morning upset her so much. When she made a phone call to Mei-Shun, it was 5 : 00 that her daughter-in-law jumped up from a futon mat wondering something occurred to Shin. None of his numbers shown! A sigh of relief.

Still Summer

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Last Saturday was 八朔=hassaku, 1st of lunar August. Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine to greet Gods and make a wish drawing omikuji lots. Her favorite cicadas 蜩=higurashi and Tuk-tuk 法師=hoshi were singing lively there, while almost none of the former around her place. And it may be too cool today for them to play their instruments on the back. Oh, slight rain started to fall.

Sayonara Summer

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We have 処暑=shosho, the 2nd of autumn 二十四節気 today. The 1st 立秋=risshu, not featured here on 7th, Sunday means that cooler season has come. However, almost every year sees it quite hot or the most torrid. On the other hand, 処暑 might depend and Mei-Shun feels 2022 has a real one: sleepless nights have gone, appetite would return to her soon.

Leaving Leaf

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Mademoiselle Vert started to change clothes. Growing a light green bud from the top, she is ready to put off the eldest frill in yellowish brown. It reminds Mei-Shun of her own tyre around the waist removed at least for recent half an year. She wish it not to return; it is a kind of duty for the former to abandon one and achieve another, while never for the latter.

Vital Violet

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Oh, severe sunlight has returned toward Kanto area. Morning humidity augments our difficulty to endure such a heat wave. Mei-Shun feels relieved that her two mothers stay in cooler environment respectively; one is in higher place surrounded by a lot of oxygen emitters, while the other on lower floor of the same house taking care of a garden. Tora-chan seems to share comfortable life with the latter.

Midsummer Msg

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Mei-Shun takes it normal to hear cicada breeds sing one after another. They starts from tenor buzzing in July followed by similar in bass, osin-tuk-tuk and her favorite canna-canna. At the end of this month, ming-ming voices sound like telling children that their vacation would soon over. However, 2022 let her recognize the last first, then high-pitched buzz has come. Who would be the next guests?