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lost and found…

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One day in early March, Kiku found Miko-chan sitting on the front step to the Bamboo Bathhouse, lost in thought. Not wanting to disturb her, he sat quietly next to...

spring haze appears…

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One day in late February, the inhabitants of the Bamboo Bathhouse sat around the breakfast table discussing the current ‘ko*’ or 5-day seasonal marker, which Kiku had discovered read ‘haze...

demons out! fortune in!

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Miko-chan was very excited one morning at the beginning of February, as the residents of the Bamboo Bathhouse were about to perform the bean scattering ceremony of mamemaki (豆撒き) for...

the year of the rooster…

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酉年(とりどし)= tori doshi Chinese New Year - 28th January 2017 In Japan, the beginning of the lunar New Year is not a public holiday, and only really celebrated in places...