Last Lesson


… it is in 2020 given by gentle Master Bando to Mei-Shun today. The latter is cordially grateful to kindness and ardent instruction from the former lady so far, for intensive one and a half month. She has already decided to come back to 白拍子花子, one of the prettiest and the most difficult roles in kabuki dance. Hopefully on another stage after vaccination and specific medicines are firmly established for COVID-19.

Alma Mater


One weekend TV program featured an university Mei-Shun graduated from. Young students called the founder lady with no Professor or Ms., seemed quite audacious. However, it was the same for this ex-student decades before. School days might be spring time; with little idea of hot society, butterflies enjoy going between classes and club activities.

Dance Day


So it comes again. Mei-Shun visited Master Bando for a lesson at 10 : 00, went back home around noon. Fine weather let her hang futon mats and the laundry in verandahs, turn them to dry both sides. She cooked, read newspaper, take care of Mikan-chan and plants, played Ms. Piano, etc. Then she put on kimono, went to a nearby community center to give kabuki dance lesson to Professor M from 19 : 30.

Sharpen U Up


Mei-Shun loves pencils. They serve her a lot for whom writing by hand is the best way to learn foreign languages. When she makes formal documents, rough drafts would be written on papers before typed. Most public examinations she has taken require them. On the other hand, various design gives her pleasant chances to choose while such simple structure a time to think about nothing.

5Y + 17Wks


Mei-Shun went to see Dr. A for a regular half-an-year check today. Many changes were seen there; visits were prohibited for inpatient families, all doctors and hospital staffs put on face masks in summer, less cars and outpatients including this ex-inpatient. She would wait for a phone call, yet without thinking about the result as so far. Just drive back to home, still in time for Spanish radio program.

14th and 15th mesdemoiselles opened, made a perfect bouquet

Maestro Chopin


He gives Mei-Shun two lyrical scores; Prélude Op. 28-15 “Raindrop”, Nocturne “Posthumous”. The former is seldom played on Ms. Piano these days when windows are often seen covered with tears, while the latter has become more fluent. It is partly thanks to the Spanish radio program which seems to have returned to the starting point recently, made easier to learn.

Mademoiselle Vert Cinquième

Sobbing Sound


Yes, Mikan-chan, it really was. Lunar May started on Sunday, partial solar eclipse was expected as well. However, grey clouds covered the sky with a slight shower in the afternoon, Mei-Shun could not even see the sun. She therefore gave it up, concentrated on Ms. Piano. She made this poor player shocked at Allegro among Impromptus, Opus 90 by Master Schubert which HAD been in her repertoire …

Stars still seen on the ground

Japanese Culture@holiday


Nationwide state of emergency in our country would have expired today, the last of Golden Week holidays. However, it was announced to be extended toward the end of May while partly lifted in areas except for 13 prefectures including Ibaraki. White beauties are seen in many places, perhaps to encourage Shin and Mei-Shun to continue stay-at-home life with smile.

Curtain from yellow to white

Joy of Diet?


Mei-Shun wonders why she still stays one bag of sugar behind the goal, as long as 4 months have already passed. She knows there are several points on the way: while she is on satisfactory decline in weight, her shape does not make remarkable change. And vice versa. Hey, mischievous textbook, please stop calling her “d.e.b”. Anyway tonight, she would treat herself to a glass of sake Shin’s young friend brewed in Paris.

Master Spanish


Today is the last for Mei-Shun’s favorite radio program de español. It represents o-mo-te-na-shi, hospitality to guide guests from Spanish speaking countries. Although we missed a chance to give it at the big sport event this year, she will continue to study this language in preparation for a test expected in June. These six months also let her learn how to play “Nocturne Posth.” composed by Master Chopin.