Big Bin

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Yes, Mei-Shun washed it up. Plum liquor was stored within for 8 years, always made her feel relaxed. It was Shin who picked fruits of a rare, wild plum called 皆平早生=kaidare-wase grown in a mountainous forest in Wakayama Prefecture. Quite small in size compared to normal ones, yet thinner peel gives soft texture. She moved left delicacy into 2 smaller bottles, toward a refrigerator.

Pretty Posture

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Meow, we have 寒露=kanro, the 5th of autumnal 二十四節気 today. It means that dewdrops would be frozen in cold air, yet it seems all different. Room temperature keeps a bit below 30 degrees Celsius in daytime, above 20 all through the night. Mom told me that a beautiful 3rd crescent welcomed her at the nearest station, where she picked dad up in the evening.

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Perfect Preparation?

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This is the end of Mei-Shun’s second-poorest month. With a powerful typhoon approaching Kanto Area, she implemented two jobs quite rare for her. One is to wash horsey items at home, a gel pad and a fly hat. The other is to remove paper from 1 of 3 bedroom 障子=shoji sliding doors, several years older than other 2. Now Ms. Dandelion or Mindulle, she is all ready to face you tomorrow.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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We have 秋分=shu-bun, autumnal equinox today. Mei-Shun misses mother’s handmade o-hagi, while a bit shocked by the same plant in our garden. Mom-in-law is a wonderful manager, yet sometimes turns into a potent branch-cutter. Bushclover is quite a strong breed, often looked blooming twice an year around here in Ibaraki. Or many gardeners  give it a chance to work out.

Burly Beauty

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Mei-Shun found a white lily blooming on the very edge of shrubbery at the nearest station. Hi, great to see you, who seems similar breed to the ones she missed in 日先=Hino-Saki Shrine garden last month. Do you prefer narrow space? Or strong enough to survive in such a place, that is the better answer. She is looking forward to your sister buds open soon.

Flower Flavor

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Yes, autumn has come. Mei-Shun caught nice scent in a recent morning, looked around yet could not find any tree. Her horsey riding club also has a big fragrant olive, already bloomed a bit. Princess Maria, do you recognize it? Those little, yellowish orange flowers let us relax enough to enjoy cool wind through sunlight still strong. And Professor M, thank you so much for above artistic image.

Green Growing

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They were just lately recognized by Mei-Shun. Our backyard ginkgo, cut upper half last year has already reached eastern verandah. A little more length of your leaves on the top branch please, to kindly serve as a curtain to shut eyes of car-shop workers. They would also feel relieved never seeing her hang laundry there including yukata. Let’s expect together fireworks to bloom in the sky soon.

Murky Moon

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Recent wet and cool Obon season taught Mei-Shun that summer is going, autumn is coming. For example, she was really happy to hang futon mats outdoors after waiting as long as 10 days. However, no warmth was left when she brings them in around 17 : 00 — they kept heat within even at dusk a month before. Sunset is getting sooner, sunrise later. More and more sunlight is creeping into rooms.

Baseball Boys

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O-bon period of this year was a bit atypical. Heavy rainfall prevented Shin, mom-in-law and Mei-Shun from burning 麻幹=ogara as 迎え火=mukae-bi in 13th evening to welcome beloved dad-in-law. 送り火=okuri-bi, to say good-bye might be feasible tonight, yet it seems weird to do for them who did not say hello. On the other hand, cooler weather might be kind to those gather at 甲子園.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Yes, it is today. Or precisely was yesterday which became Mountain Day to close the big sports event held in Tokyo. This national holiday is normally fixed on August 11th, moved toward above date to give us a little summer vacation. However, Typhoon Mirinae hit Kanto Area while Lupit made a landfall on Kyushu. The latter still roars giving us the second reason to stay home.