Dutch Pottery

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Hello Miffy, whose original name is rare to be heard in Japan, welcome onto Mei-Shun’s hands. Shin found her in Netherlands last week, fell in love at a glance. A sleepy shop clerk told him that only Japanese people purchase this rabbit girl, apologizing lack of an official box. No problem at all — who need it when they never think of selling you to others? Please share a job to store coins with our pink piggy.

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Sakura Bonbon

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Just terrific, aren’t they? 八重桜 in 乙戸沼 Park is now in 80% blossom, seems the best for Mei-Shun. She drove Shin to the nearest station in the morning, turned to the opposite direction to home. Surrounded by aromatic pink of cherry and refreshing green of shell-like gingko baby leaves, she did some stretches. Walking had to be spared to reach her favorite hair salon in 高輪, Tokyo on time.

Tsukushi, Tsukuba

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Here Mei-Shun found 土筆, horsetail girls field. Sooo cute, aren’t they? They made both of her mind and body feel refreshed before visiting 水戸 for a lecture in the afternoon. Summer came into spring a few days before, made cherry blossom there in full 2 weeks earlier than usual. Freezing winter with heavy snow especially in 北陸=hokuriku region would be followed by torrid summer, they say.

 

Spring Soon

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Mei-Shun walked to the nearest shrine after almost a month. Nothing is planted in paddy field on the way to there, while the soil is well mixed and softened in preparation. Snow fell last week still covers shadowy part of shrine garden. A plum tree stands next to Gods’ residence has a lot of buds on the other hand, looks dreaming of the first blow of these little rings into white flowers.

Winter Flower

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Mei-Shun met with Shin at one of their favorite restaurants in Takanawa, Tokyo. They make it a rule to date on lunch when the former goes to a nearby hair salon for a cut or curling. It was their great pleasure to greet again this birdy always welcomes them in 椿=tsubaki, camellia room. Dishes were all superb as usual, including 治部煮=jibu-ni, simmered vegetables, 麩=fu, steamed wheat gluten and meat.

Joy at Fukushima

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It has nice 駄菓子=dagashi, Japanese traditional tea-time sweets. Not only taste simple and good, they also look so lovely that both adults and children can enjoy. Mei-Shun’s favorite is もも餅, peach rice cake while mom-in-law’s 松茸, matsutake mushroom. Shin knows well the latter, advised his wife to choose it as a souvenir. By the way, his first business trip in 2018 is to this city from today.

Japanese Culture@holiday

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So this year’s ornament 戌=inu, dog and another cat have come to Shin and Mei-Shun. You can meet these cutest 丸=maru, round-shape animals at Fukushima Airport. It features a lot of items related to “Ultra-man” serial TV programs as well. Many figures are displayed at the entrance hall, attracting mothers with prams to take photos. A postbox is painted in colors of hero character.