Joy of the Sea: 1

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited Aquamarine Fukushima on weekend. Their first stopover at this aquarium was actually a decade before, when they sought to find good sushi or sashimi restaurant. An amazing shoal of sardine was kept in a huge tank, while lovely seahorses in a tiny one. And oh, lovely cyclopteridae, great to see you again. You are called “konpeito“, prefer to stay alone.

Welcome, fluffy ones.

Joy of En

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Now 偕楽園 story all appears here together. They held a festival featuring bushclovers last month, still kept lanterns and red-cloth-covered benches. Thanks to it finished, Shin and Mei-Shun were alone able to enjoy wide view of that queen. Fragrant olives already bloomed as well, give sweet scent all around the garden. Maples would make them wait for a while to flush beautifully.

烈公 and guest samurais played “go” outdoors.

千波湖 Lake also accommodates a fountain.

Crape myrtle fruits

Joy of Raku

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吐玉泉 Fountain is one of the most favorite places to visit for Shin and Mei-Shun. Clear water continues to come up to run around a bluish white well curb made of marble, leave to become a little fall. So it goes as we have 寒露=kanro, the 5th of autumnal 二十四節気 today. It means cold dewdrops on leaves of grass in the field, where she cannot go out to see lovely horseies.

Joy of Kai

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited a beautiful park in 水戸 on weekend. A big tree of 十月桜, October cherry gently greeted the couple beside a small gate. A clerk asked the husband if they live in Ibaraki Prefecture. When he gave a yes showing his driver’s license, their tickets became complimentary with a piece of paper follows below. That novel coronavirus seems to creep into such wide space.

South to North

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Shin was so busy last week that he flew to Fukuoka on Tuesday, came back and saw his wife in Tokyo on Wednesday, turn to Hokkaido on Thursday to stay two nights. Then he worked in Sendai on Saturday before coming home at night. It is said 西へ東へ, from west to east to mean going everywhere in our country. Is moving between longitudes more exhausting than latitudes?

Hokkaido horseies

To Tokyo

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Yes, for a haircut and dinner. It has become rather rare for Mei-Shun to get on a train since that coronavirus started to bite us. Wearing a face mask, she enjoyed her sight-through-window collection including Ushiku Pond, a noodle factory and Sky Tree. Hair treatment by a professional after 2 months was great, yet the best was rendez-vous at the station with Shin who returned from Fukuoka.

5Y + 20Wks

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Yes, Dr. A gave Mei-Shun a phone call of “Yes” 10 days before. It is a big mistake of the latter to forget such an important report to you kind followers. At the same time, this ex-inpatient feels really happy to be relaxed enough to face this matter, thanks to you all. On the other hand, she immediately let Shin know in 江差, Hokkaido on a business trip while mother in 草津.

Fruits of rosa rugosa

Japanese Culture@holiday

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Which would you kind followers prefer, mountain or beach for a little summer vacation? Mei-Shun does the latter, although she means chilling out by the lakeside. She sat in Ms. Scarlet for 7 hours in total yesterday, with the safest driver Shin. They visited mother of the wife in 草津, enjoyed cool weather, pretty 桔梗 balloonflowers loved by their own beloved one and — amazing all three kinds of woodpeckers.

Vidro Popping

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Here a lovely ビードロ or ぽぴん from Nagasaki follows below. Mei-Shun asked Shin to purchase one when he visited that beautiful city in Kyushu on business. She has been there only once when was a student, before seeing grandmother of father’s side lived in Fukuoka. A smaller “vidro” as a souvenir handed from a granddaughter in faraway Tokyo seemed quite satisfied the latter.

Family Lunch

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Shin, mom-in-law and Mei-Shun ate out yesterday. 鶴舞屋 serves good baked eels and nice view of 牛久沼 Pond through wide windows. Weather was very unstable; sudden shower, abrupt stopping and clear sky came after one another. Still, they enjoyed above delicacy chatting in whispers. Maybe because it was the last of 4 serial holidays, tables were almost fully occupied by several other families including young children.