The path taken upon entering is meaningful. Each choice
inadequate. Instead of watching this Remembering lantern
I could have walked yatsu-hashi bridge with its changing
directions, or reached that island pavilion.
Irises, full sun.

When you visit a home, take a present but do not make it costly, for custom
demands that a return gift be made of about the same value. In offering the
gift, tell your hostess it is a mere trifle (this is said even about expensive
items); she will protest that you should not have brought anything. However,
this is only a convention and you would be amiss not to take something.

Unexpected gifts from V. in adolescence:
stuffed puppy; cellophane-wrapped
cassette tapes, blank.
An enamelled box with a Japanese
character. I only said thank you.

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