お正月

Seven spring greens in a soup pot

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お正月のすぐ後に、春の七草と一緒にスープを作りました。

I like how my neighborhood supermarket sells a combination pack of all seven spring greens. I bought this just after new year, added some mushrooms and made soup. It was good!

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Six men on ladders prepare for new year

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はしごの上で、六人がお正月の準備します。代々木公園の松はきれいでしょう。

The pine trees should look their best for the new year. At Yoyogi park.

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Back to business in Tokyo after the new year

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お正月が終わったら、日常生活が戻ります。このメトロの写真に、男性はみんな黒いスーツを来ているので、庭のより東京人のほうがもっと型にはまっていると思います。

Uniformity and order can be even more stylized in Tokyo human environments than gardens. How is it that every passenger in this frame is a man in a black suit? Can that small screen transport us somewhere more magical and more vivid than our surroundings?