Export and Import

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Shin went on a business trip to Thailand last week. Yummy souvenirs include Bertholletia or Brazil nuts whose big, rare trees naturally grow in Amazon Rainforest only. People in that smiling country therefore might love this nutritive breed, trade it by cashew and coconuts. It was also the first experience for Mei-Shun to have popular sweet tamarind, dried and packed in the smallest bag.

Brilliant Blue

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Shin, Mei-Shun, Mikan-chan and Ms. Scarlet visited 涸沼=Hinuma Pond on weekend  for the first time. Much smaller compared to 霞ヶ浦=Kasumigaura Lake, while looks cleaner. It may be thanks to rivers flowing into the former, and the sea whose water climbs up to it at high tide. 大杉 Shrine and a swan sit still to observe people playing on the shore.

Stormy Sun

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Mei-Shun cleaned up rooms in earlier morning, avoiding harsh sunlight which leads to a lot of beads on her face. She reserved a hair salon nearby Tokyo Station in the evening, leaving home around 15 : 00. Just before opening the door, Shin gave her a message that it rains hard there. However, the wife found no teardrop on train windows nor streets outdoors. It might be a sudden downpour.

Joy of Gion: 3

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Shin and Mei-Shun had breakfast on higher floor of their regular hotel, saw a young guy in kimono. “He might work at next door,” the wife said meaning 南座. They currently  accommodate kabuki actor 尾上菊之助, or ex-head of Kikunoe Ryu 扇舎 in Nausicaä, Princess of Windy Valley while features 坂東玉三郎 whose 京鹿子娘道成寺 DVD helped her so much.

Joy of Gion: 2

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Shin and Mei-Shun quite liked another float 黒主山=kuronushi-yama. This chic, black stage features one of 六歌仙=roku-kasen, 6 great waka poets 大伴黒主 who looks up a cherry tree in full blossom. Both of 山 like above and 鉾; including their favorite 大船鉾, elder 船鉾, famous leader 長刀鉾=naginata-hoko and 月鉾=tsuki-hoko show all different façades between day and night.

Joy of Gion: 1

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Thanks a lot, Mikan-chan. She gave you kind followers one of the reasons Mei-Shun went outdoors into severe sunlight last Wednesday. Here the latter rider show you another: she visited Kyoto with Shin to see 宵々山=yoi-yoi-yama, 後祭=ato-matsuri of Gion Festival from Friday. Oh, beautiful 大船鉾=o-fune-hoko, great to meet you for the first time in recent 8 years after you came back.

Tour Together

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Happy birthday, Shin, who was born on the best day to start Japanese arts including kabuki dance, 琴=koto, 三味線=shamisen, 尺八=shakuhachi or vertical bamboo flute, etc. Since Mondays are his busiest, Mei-Shun cooked a lot yesterday. She meant to go out with him this morning for a hair salon nearby Tokyo station, yet barred by such a windy rainfall. Now would you come with mom, Angel Mikan-chan?

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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