Pink Piggy?

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Thanks a million, sweet Mikan-chan. Yes, we are on the 1st of solar February today following yesterday of course. Mei-Shun cleaned up a dining table featuring seasonal celebrations including 干支=12 symbols of the year. Since 2023 is 卯年 to take care of rabbits, please find above her collection from “Arles“, the Netherlands via Shin and the same made in Fukushima.

Clearer Chance

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As sweetest Mikan-chan kindly posted yesterday, lunar 2023 started on Sunday. Shin and Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine, greeted Gods before receiving omikuji lots from a priest. On solar 元旦=New Year’s Day, the husband was given 小吉=sho-kichi, a little lucky while the wife 吉=kichi, lucky. This time both of above couple saw 吉=kichi in different numbers.

花鳥風月

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Ms. Piano, what new shall you and Mei-Shun do this year? Since it has been raining for recent several days, moonlight scores were picked up a lot. Rain and snow falls are featured by Masters Chopin and Debussy, chosen for fine weather. Her repertoire therefore covers 照る日も降る日も=both clear and wet days. How about adding windy one? Oh, she already learned “Nausicaä“.

Celebration Continues

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Yes, it does for Mei-Shun until lunar Christmas Day next year. On the other hand, she recognizes that most people in our country immediately turn to new-year preparation after that day on solar calendar. Moreover, many of them take December 24th main — including mom-in-law who replaces garden bells and ribbons by pine branches on 25th.

After 6Y + 50Wks

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Mei-Shun finally saw Dr. A with CT-image taking just before noon today. It should have been at the end of January — when they always said “a happy new year” while “please have a nice end of the year” in July. The former would have been fine; especially 2022 who had lunar New Year’s Day on February 1st, yet the latter a bit weird; changed from midsummer to autumn hereafter. It seems still too soon even for demons to laugh at.

Hay Holiday

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Cedar pollen has already begun to make Shin’s nose run from around new year. He prefers ventilation and exercise rather than shutting doors and windows to avoid the source. Mei-Shun was too busy today to walk to the nearest shrine, asked him to draw 2 omikuji lots. Oh, no, one she chose shows 凶=kyo, the worst luck while the other 末吉=sue-kichi, the least lucky.

Second Start

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So this is it. 大晦日=New Year’s Eve, yet December 29th on lunar calendar we have today, just one month behind solar one. Mei-Shun would like to serve Shin something good, suitable for another celebration tonight. They enjoyed udon noodle instead of soba at the end of last year — if fine and long nature of the latter resembles our longevity, the former would be the same.

謹賀新年

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A Happy New Year! How did you kind 454 followers spend recent weekend? To tell the truth, Mei-Shun had believed that January 3rd was a national holiday, making at least 3-day winter vacation in our country. However, 2022 calendars show the first Monday in black, not in red. All right, since lunar December starts from today, our parents in the sky might give us a message to work much.

Saturday Soon

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So Mei-Shun made the final visit to a hair salon, just a minute walk from home today. There the owner beautician had a lot of phone calls, mainly for reservation within 2021. She said December is the busiest, her schedule is already full. And we have Christmas/New Year’s Eves on Fridays, what a timing! However, it is tomorrow that is the most important for Shin and his wife.