Literal Torture

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The other day, Mei-Shun was told “d, e, b” meaning “fat” in Japanese and what’s more, TWICE by a vocabulary textbook she has used for a decade. Such a severe comment from her mentor — certainly, she felt tired in the morning from last Monday to Thursday, took a nap after breakfast or before lunch. She gained back a half of sugar back, yet still stay beyond the maximum line to be called so.

Half Passed

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This time has come for Shin and Mei-Shun to enjoy 水無月, celebrating their halcyon life from the start of 2018. Looking at a clear full moon last night, they were full of thankfulness. With southern shutters kept open wishing to be blessed by the gentle light, they said good-night to Mikan-chan. And in this morning, according to weather forecasts, current rainy season seems to have gone!

Three Years

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They say 石の上にも三年 in our country, meaning a specific duration on a matter could bring an accomplishment. Well, Mei-Shun has been on horsey’s back for these 2 years and 9 months. She found that lovely Ms. I said “you can gain the 4th grade soon” one year ago on her 3-year diary. She must have made progress in riding technique, yet gallop is the highest wall.

Belated Contact

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Kasen-san, daughter of Master Mei-Shu, emailed to Mei-Shun recently. According to it, her mother has stayed at a nursing home from last autumn. So it has finally come. Mei-Shun, the last 名取 of Kikunoe Ryu perhaps, started to instruct Professor M in 京鹿子娘道成寺 from the end of April. 花子, lead role of this tragedy, might work to make all ends meet.

Tea Rose

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It is a group of those beauties whose scent is the most admired. However, following image blooms in our garden with a name of Black Tea itself. When Mei-Shun saw it at a shop, a flower between salmon pink and orange in photo attracted her. She brought it home, planted carefully in accordance with attached instruction. And this is the result — reddish brown blossom in spring, pinky orange in autumn.

Oh, No,

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Who is here? Is Mei-Shun really a woman of human being? To her disappointment, she is. Two of three sugar bags she lost in the latest year came back around her waist all of a sudden. It took just a month, showing how easy it is for one’s body to return to its biggest size. Causes are clear; less exercise, more eating. Now is the time to resume her methods.

Lunar Spring

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So it is March 1st on our older calendar. Mei-Shun walked to the nearest shrine in the morning to greet Gods and draw omikuji lots. They gave both Shin and his wife 末吉, a little lucky with advice to be cautious in health for the former while to harmful people for the latter. On the way to home, blue flowers including wisteria and iris surprised her in almost 70-80% blossom.