正義の味方 Knight in shining armor

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近所のスーパーに買い物に行ったら、ウルトラマンがいました。子供たちとの撮影のお仕事は大変そうでした。

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I ran into the Ultraman in the neighborhood supermarket where I often buy groceries. He seemed to be very busy with the photo sessions with kids.

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久しぶり Kind of apple pie

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久しぶりにお菓子を焼きました。189万投稿レシピを誇っているサイトから選びました。簡単だから誰にでも上手にできます、とありますが、そんなに上手には出来ませんでした。

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I cooked some sweets for the first time in a long time. I chose this one from a website that takes pride in having more than 1,890,000 contributed recipes. Although it says this recipe is such an easy one anyone can cook it very well, I am afraid I am only clever enough to make it acceptable.

Whipped cream show/

Peaks/

Afternoon of roses/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

(This is a haiku with a summer kigo.)

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お稽古、楽しい! I love taking calligraphy lessons!

11.28

緊張感がありすぎると、暗い字になる。緊張は大事だけれど、これはいけないな、と思いました。

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When you have an excessive feeling of tense, the result would be dismal. Adequate amount of nervousness is important, but too much of it is undesirable.

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基本の練習 Basic training

11.26

有名な古典であり、教科書からの4文字ですが、臨書と言えるほどのことが出来てませんしね。

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These are four characters from a very famous classic that people often regard as the most important “textbook”. I am afraid it can’t be considered a good copy.

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最後の二字 Last part

11.25

終わりの二字、「鮮花」が素敵なので臨書してみました。毎度拙いものですが。

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Since I found the last two letters, “vivid” and “flower” just great, I tried to practice copying my teacher’s work. I regret it turned out to be another mediocre one.

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今週の双子座 Further progress this week for the Geminis

11.24

石井ゆかりさんによる24日からの週の双子座のためのコメントから引用します。

他者と会うことによって、自分の中に眠る新しい可能性を引き出そうとするとき、誰もが不安定な自信のなさを抱えてしまうものです。

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Here is a quotation by Ms. Yukari Ishii’s (in Japanese) comment from the astrological point of view for the Geminis for the week starting from November 24, which roughly goes something like:

When you try to extract new possibility dormant in yourself by meeting with new acquaintances, everyone tend to feel helplessly insecure.

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筆供養 Expressing gratitude to the well-used brushes

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50年以上書をやっているのですけどね、初めてお参りしてきました。東福寺の筆供養に。

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It was my first time to attend this ritual. I have been practicing calligraphy more than fifty years, though.

We have a traditional thinking that we should show appreciation to well-used tools, such as chasen or tea whisks used in tea ceremony, needles and brushes.

The photos show the ritual held annually in Tofuku-ji Temple.

According to our way of thinking is; to show thankfulness, we burn the tools in a sacred flame for them to be purified and go aloft.

Cheered/

By the autumn foliage and the warm sunshine on an Indian summer day/

Flames/

Of the ritual/

Go up to infinity/

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鏡の中 Beyond the mirror

11.21

鏡というのは、日常的に使う道具だけれど、ゆっくり考えてみるとちょっと気持ち悪い気がするという不思議なものです。

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Mirrors are just mundane commodities for everyday use for everyone. However, if you have a serious think about them, you may have an eerie sensation.

Just like/

The cool touch/

Of the glass/

Wonder whether it is also midday/

Beyond the mirror?/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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