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a closing of doors…

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On the morning of 28th September, Kiku was intrigued by the title of the current five-day marker in the old seasonal almanac. He read it as ‘hibernating creatures close their…

a seasonal concealment…

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When the little fox Kiku came down to breakfast on the morning of the 18th August he noticed that the calendar on the wall had a graphic of Tokyo that…

a hint of warmer days…

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On the morning of 20th April, Kiku and Miko-chan found Mama Kōjin outside the bathhouse directing Boss Panda has he leant up some screens against the kitchen window, which softened…

a bird for all seasons…

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Miko-chan loves living at the Bamboo Bathhouse – she is particularly fond of the everyday scenes around the neighbourhood – the plastic plant pots outside front doors, futons drying on…