Japanese Culture@weekday


We have 立冬=ritto, the first of winter 二十四節気 today. It really might be in the morning and evening. This year saw many devastating typhoons, delayed into October. September has been such a season so far, while climate change seems to affect our country as well. So it would be regular turn of season to feel summer at the beginning of November, before winter in just a few days.

Only Gods know.

Joy in Miyagi: 4


Shin and Mei-Shun expected to stroll around 竹泉荘 in early morning before heading for Mikan-chan at home. Although a bear prevented them from it last year, they would have a chance this time. However, not only calicobacks but that fluffy animal welcomed the couple again. A small garden is available at Room 301, while it looks safer to keep following tiny door closed.

Golden Memory


Typhoon Hagibis has gone. Mei-Shun wishes it to be the last beast to bite our country this year. If there is something good it brought, it might be fragrant olives: she recognized that sweet scent yesterday. Normally, they start to give it in the middle of September. She remembers a big tree in the garden of her high school, in full blossom when students prepared for autumnal festival.

New Bed


… and food for you, baby butterflies. Mei-Shun felt sorry when she found 2 of 5 disappeared from their previous places — her grapefruit pots. They were not lucky enough, born on smaller trees. Now all three survivors live on the biggest, yet soon starve or caught by birds. You had better move to a kumquat tree in the garden, she would help you.

You are the cleverest.

Butterfly Babies


Hi, welcome back to Mei-Shun’s grapefruits. What kind of wings would you have? Summer still stays around here, pressed by a new-born typhoon. Sorry for missing the best timing to water your beds — she felt too exhausted under such a grilling sunlight. One of you are very clever to hide within a rolled leave, while another has already changed clothes.



Among many kinds of cicadas singing around Shin and Mei-Shun’s home, a new face made a debut this summer. They are called クマゼミ=kuma-semi, meaning bear cicada, found mainly in western part of our country. Since her late father was from Kyushu where above ones are normally heard, their songs reminds her of childhood. Do you have any reason for reaching her current residence?

She stares another breed.


Summer’s Come!


10 days are said to be the hottest in our country, after the end of rainy season. It really seems to Mei-Shun — news this morning informed us that the long-stayed front (delayed 8 days from average, amazing 30 days compared to last year!) has finally left Kanto Area. Heat wave and humidity descend toward the Japanese archipelago at the same time, more and more cities hit nearly 35 degrees Celsius.

Going into her 5th month, keeps fresh