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.

Braids & Bellows

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Mei-Shun finally brought this lovely girl, holding a table of new-year delicacy, toward a framing shop. A tiny piece of acrylic plate not only protects her from UV, but also gives more space above. A red, lacquered bowl is one of main motifs appear in works by Kaori-san. Her friend from high-school days fell in love with it at first sight in Kyoto, while at second with a little book full of grapes.

Father Found

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Shin and Mei-Shun walked to the nearest shrine yesterday. Yes, on the 3rd of lunar January, the chief priest was sitting at a reception desk. The wife therefore purchased a 破魔矢=hamaya, arrow to break the evil with 丑 meaning Ox, symbol of 2021. She did the same 12 years before, wishing Gods to protect dad whose 干支 was this one. Please give a kind shelter to your children this time.

Spring Start

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A Happy New Year to you, kind moon lovers. Mei-Shun was very busy from early morning to late at night. She first cooked a bowl of お雑煮=o-zoni, rice cake soaked in chicken and green vegetable soup for breakfast. Next appointment was at a nearby hair saloon, before going to a post office to send St. Valentine’s gift to respected doctors. After lunch, she went ahead to another police station to renew driver’s license.

Thanks for holding MS’s recent 末吉 omikuji, N-chan.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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It is the first time for Mei-Shun to walk to the nearest shrine in solar 2021. And it is also the last in lunar one starts from tomorrow. Novel coronavirus affects this place as well; hand-washing stone basin never stores water but ever let it flow, box of omikuji lots is accompanied by a bottle of sanitizer, reception table behind A-chan has a transparent curtain.

Cat Collection

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… or ねこあつめ, Mei-Shun’s favorite game on cell, taught her this morning that we have 小正月=ko-shogatsu today. Ancient people in our country used to have 小豆粥=azuki-kayu, red-bean-added rice porridge in breakfast, while she served Shin red-bean rice handmade by mom-in-law, not recognizing such a custom. It might be an invitation from the nearest shrine.