Challengers

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Mei-Shun tried “Allegro among Impromptus, Opus 90” by Master Schubert after more than a whole month. Even if a poor performance, her fingers never hurt, that is fine.  Haste makes waste. By the way, her eldest nephew sang “Erlkönig” by above great composer last week, to piano accompaniment by his mother. His grandma came out of that cool place to listen, and would flee back soon.

Eyes On

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… Mei-Shun, kind Master Bando would soon. The latter lady arranged music source and 手拭 cloth for the former. Now they both wish a safe stage available in autumn. And the lesson would, well, be given if heat waves of current bon holidays calm themselves down a bit more. Although early morning sky shows cooler clouds, daytime summer might even take your life.

Chrysanthemum Circle

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Mr. O, the husband of beloved Master Mei-shu gave a phone call to Mei-Shun. She asked him the other day weather any piece of 手拭=te-nugui, cotton cloth of face towel size is left available with 紋=mon, seal of Kikunoe Ryu dyed on. His reply was no, while kindly lend some as samples to make new one for her stage in autumn. Well, the 3rd crescent of lunar June, Master knows all as you do above clouds.

ASAP!

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There are two important persons regarding 邦楽発表会; Mr. K and Master Bando, one of close friends to beloved Master Mei-Shu while the former a neighbor in charge of community center, where Mei-Shun needs to reserve a room to practice kabuki dance. Now restrictions related to the novel coronavirus are almost all lifted, she would be pleased to contact them.

Here is the 3rd mademoiselle …

With a supporter later.

 

Autumn Anticipation

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Mei-Shun contacted Master Bando, who kindly invited the former to a new-year party in the end of January. However, cedar pollen already grabbed Shin at that time. His serious condition affects his wife so much that it took her as long as 2 months to return to normal. Now she feels happy to hear that 邦楽発表会, stage performance in kabuki dance is expected to be held at the end of November.

Me, Ms. Piano and …

 

Love Lesson

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How long does it take for Mei-Shun to resume practicing 恋の手習=koi-no-tenarai, the most important part of 京鹿子娘道成寺? Three years, Master Mei-Shu. You kindly tried to teach it to your last 名取 who wished to gain certificate of 師範. However, it was too hard for your body to do it in person, forced you instead to find a DVD performed by another member of 菊ノ上会.

There we see prompt buds of Momo-chan.

Dance Anew

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Oh, how awful they were, her steps into the stage — Mei-Shun means herself in a DVD recorded around 9 years before. Since Professor M, her only student would like to learn 梅の栄, she earnestly looked for its written score. However, no paper accumulated on Miss. Piano gave her any instruction. She was therefore forced to check her own performance, embarrassed to learn it again.

 

Hanako, Flower Girl

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Mei-Shun finished to learn how to dance 乱拍子の段, instrument-only part of 京鹿子娘道成寺. It was very slow compared to her previous pace to dance at least two scores an year. Well, Shin might mean to encourage his wife to perform on a stage again by giving her not an arrangement but a bouquet. He always handed her such a gorgeous beauty, surprised friends in Kikunoe Ryu’s waiting room.

Japanese Dance!

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Mei-Shun really loves it. Heading for 邦楽発表会 held yesterday, she went to Tsuchiura City Hall Saturday to see rehearsal performances by dancers from 藤間流=fujima-ryu, 若柳流=wakayagi-ryu and 坂東流=bando-ryu parties. The last one has Master Miho-sho on the top, an elegant and gentle lady who hosted her own stage in April. Oh, everyone has been involved in hard practice so far.

Happy Reunion

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Mei-Shun met her high-school classmates Yuko-san and Kaori-san at 維新號 in Ginza. She was so happy to see them after around 2 years when the latter kindly came all the way from Tokyo to Tsuchiura, with her husband to see 汐汲. They looked satisfied with lunch of 7 courses, making the organizer feel relieved who lists this Chinese restaurant on the top.

Thanks, Kaori-san.