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Hoshigaki

Hoshigaki

I don’t like persimmon very much when it is fresh, but I love dried persimmon. Today I helped Naomi and Hitomi prepare persimmons for drying. We started by picking them from the Hatanakas’ tree. Then we sat on the kitchen floor at Monaca to trim and peel...
Sawarabi bazaar

Sawarabi bazaar

Sawarabi is the local souvenir wholesale company; they produce Kamogawa lemon snacks, pirate-themed, seashelled chotkes for SeaWorld, and all manner of stuffed toys. Once a year, they have a bazaar to sell off samples, old stock, and random doodads. Last year, we got...
Cat pose IRL

Cat pose IRL

Today the cats walked more than halfway to yoga with me, and while I did sun salutations, they spend their time sunning themselves on the front porch of one of our weekend neighbors.  That’s where I found them when I walked back down from class. Matsugoro...
Wild yoga stretches

Wild yoga stretches

Our morning yoga group has been meeting every day for more than two months now. We are all getting stronger and more flexible. In class, Naomi and Miako display balance and trust. After class yesterday, Suzanne and Naomi use their strength and agility to gather...
Belling the cat(s)

Belling the cat(s)

Now the cats are neutered and wandering the neighborhood free and far, I thought it was time to identify them as owned cats and not strays. It’s more like they own me, but they are wearing the collars. They are pretty dubious about the bells. There have been...
Walking the cats

Walking the cats

In the morning when I leave for yoga, sometimes the cats follow me. At first it was only as far as the end of the driveway, but today they walked about halfway with me.And for the past two days, they have waited for me to finish yoga and come back. These cats act like...
Need a bigger lap

Need a bigger lap

Most mornings before I go to teach yoga, I sit outside with my coffee and enjoy “bench time” with the cats. I started that with Three and now I do it with her kittens. There isn’t enough space for everyone to climb aboard, but they do...
Out walking

Out walking

Morning mist in the hills this morning. Asa moya. 朝靄です。 The goat ladies leading me up the path to yoga. A hilltop shrine overlooking Sakuma dam has been here since 1704. These little pink flowers remind me of the nonpariels on liquorice...