Tiny Train

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Shin and Mei-Shun went to Tokyo by Ms. Scarlet to meet Kaori-san, whose exhibition had been held in Tokyo till weekend. This time she drew for a cat fancier/story writer who serves a gallery on the ground floor of her own house. Well, it is often difficult to find the best car park around such an old residential area — oh, here is one just next to a railroad crossing.

Morning Mountain

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Shin went to Nagano via Kofu last weekend on business. He sent Mei-Shun above photo taken through a train window, just like a postcard by a professional photographer. This light pink sash would lead to juicy peaches in summer. On the other hand, our garden princess Momo-chan has already finished blooming with her bright petals spread on the ground to make a gorgeous carpet.

Joy of Drive: 3

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Meow, mom has long been looking for a nice soy sauce cruet to replace one of my friends shown above. It worked well smiling, yet began to drip lately caused by a tiny crack just under the lid. She found left one at いそべ陶苑 in 笠間, joking at me not to catch it. Well, does it look like a sparrow in size and shape? I’m not so much interested in birds, while Tora-chan sometimes makes them a wild meal.

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Joy of Drive: 2

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Shin and Mei-Shun dropped in famous 笠間稲荷神社 before visiting a pottery shop serving soba noodle as well, yet opens at 11 : 00. They wake up early in the morning even on weekends, got on Ms. Scarlet around 8 : 00. The husband always has a clear schedule; visit 三昧塚古墳 first, then turn to 友部, one of rest areas on 常磐 Motorway to satisfy the wife who craved for a soft serve.

Joy of Drive: 1

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited 三昧塚古墳 by car on weekend. Oh, green grass covering the tumulus turned reddish brown, shining like copper in morning sunlight. “It is a kind of mystery that nobody knows the name of an ancient king reigned such a rich area,” the husband always says. “That is why he gave me sleep paralysis after we met him for the first time,” the wife replies respectfully.

Home on Holiday

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It is really by chance for Ms. Piano to see Mr. O again today, removing Kyoto 蕎麦猪口 couple from her lid. When Mei-Shun received a phone call from him, only the latest Culture Day was convenient. However, Shin is careless enough these days to fill his schedule book on our holidays — he went out early in the morning as usual. Only difference from weekdays is that he drove by himself.

Dance and Dentist

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No, Mei-Shun never means that her home dentist Dr. M does kabuki dance, yet this combination would continue for the time being. She visited Master Bando in the morning bringing souvenirs from Kyoto for that gentle lady, Mss. S and K. After a brief lesson to learn 松の寿, she immediately put off 羽織=haori, an easy kimono coat before heading for above clinic.

Bon Appétit!

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Mei-Shun takes it nice to see a new month starts from Monday. November 2021 therefore has 5 beginnings of a week, seems a bit rare for shorter months with 30 days. It might not be a reason why Kaori-san chose this timing, while she saw one of her high-school friends just in front of 寿=Kotobuki Building, Kyoto which accommodates her 4th exhibition from Saturday.

Tokyo to Kyoto

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Shin and Mei-Shun are really happy to make one-night trip together, for the first time in these two years hit by that novel coronavirus. First, the wife visited a salon nearby our capital station at 14 : 00, got her hair curled after 10 months. Then the husband gave her a message as for a Shinkansen. Now the couple have got on a Nozomi bullet train to start at 16 : 30.

Big Bin

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Yes, Mei-Shun washed it up. Plum liquor was stored within for 8 years, always made her feel relaxed. It was Shin who picked fruits of a rare, wild plum called 皆平早生=kaidare-wase grown in a mountainous forest in Wakayama Prefecture. Quite small in size compared to normal ones, yet thinner peel gives soft texture. She moved left delicacy into 2 smaller bottles, toward a refrigerator.