2010-09-23

Here Kitty Kitte!

I picked up a sheet of Hello Kitty stamps a while back because they are cute and I needed some stamps. Furthermore, stamp is 切手 (kitte) in Japanese so it makes for a delightful pun.

This little sticker is one of 33 you can obtain with the purchase of ヘローキティマカロニ (Hello Kitty Macaroni). I was hoping to eat it last week as part of the Pastafarian movement but I never got around to it. I am impressed that they managed to get her trademark bow on the left ear!

ps. Sorry for the low content today, it's 秋分の日* (Shūbun no hi or the Autumnal Equinox) and thus a national holiday. I spent the whole day doing nothing but suffer with a cold. You may think it's funny, but it' snot.

*AUTUMNAL EQUINOX:  Day One of the most traditional Japanese National Holidays, this holiday seems to have a double origin. One is the celebration of seasonal change typical of an agricultural society: this is the day when the day-time and the night-time are of equal length. The actual date of the Fall Equinox Day may change from year to year due to leap year, but is generally around September 23rd. From this day on the night-time hours will be longer than the day-time hours, until the winter solstice in late December, the shortest day of the year. . This autumnal Equinox Day is also called HIGAN NO CHU-NICHI, which is based on Buddhist teaching. Many Japanese visit their family tombs on this day in the middle of the week of HIGAN to pay their respects to their ancestors. People weed their family tombs and leave flowers, incense and ohagi (sweet rice balls covered with soybean paste.) It is tradition that ancestors' spirits prefer round food!
Japanese consider this period the changing of the season, because it is usually around HIGAN that the summer heat wave covering the Japanese islands weakens, and the weather changes to autumn. There is another HIGAN in spring, at the time of the Spring Equinox. Thus we have a saying "Atsusa samusa mo Higan made" ("Heat and cold last until Higan")
The above was scammed from here.

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