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Tara Tiger Brown Ⓥ  Tokyo 📍 Mom ❤️ Vegan Ⓥ Forest Bather 🌲 Environmentalist 🐻🌱 Technologist 🤖 Canadian 🇨🇦 Californian 🇺🇸 #yourdailytree #moretreesplease

Sometimes I think that Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are less about the rides and more about matching outfits, popcorn buckets and flavored popcorn. 🍿The lines for popcorn rival Dole Whip at the OG Disneyland.
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The available flavors on our most recent trip included:
*Milk Chocolate🍫
*Blueberry
*Herb-Tomato (tasted like pizza)🍕
*Curry
*Garlic Shrimp🍤
*Caramel
*Salt
*Black Pepper
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We used a few websites to figure out which ones were vegan and we all really liked Herb-Tomato.
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If you don’t like the available bucket at your popcorn stand of choice there’s a store where you can purchase a different popcorn bucket (they are really well made) with a voucher for popcorn.
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For the record we really miss Disneyland and California Adventure. #LALove ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#disneyphile #disneyig #disneyfood #disneypopcorn #tokyodisneysea #tokyodisney #popcorn #flavoredpopcorn #disneysea #disneyfan

You wish he was your Daddy. 💫
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Happy Father’s Day @xseanbonner, you complete us. 👪

Happy #Caturday from Bowie the Cat. 🐱
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#neko #japan🇯🇵 #catsofinstagram #catsofinstgram #japanesecat #catinabag🐱

The Japanese micro season or kō for June 16 - 20 is "Plums Turn Yellow" Ume no mi kibamu.
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Ume is the word for plum in Japanese, however Japanese plums are similar to apricots. Back in March we experienced beautiful ume blossoms that bloomed well before the sakura 🌸 (cherry blossoms).
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In the past week or so plums in Tokyo have ripened and are starting to litter the streets. In fact, the very first "free fruit" box I have seen here had plums in it.
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Umeboshi is pickled or salted plum. We've eaten it in onigiri 🍙 and sometimes I chop it up and put on top of rice🍚. We also buy a vegan plum salt that we sprinkle on rice. It's purple and looks really pretty. There's also an alcoholic drink 🥃made from umeboshi.
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When we were enjoying the ume blossoms there was a little stand with hot tea and hot ginger with ume and it was quite delicious.
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#Japan #japan🇯🇵 #Seasons #Microseason #72microseasons #Sekki #Ko #Ume #Umeboshi #Plums

The Japanese micro season or ko for June 11-15 is “Rotten grass becomes fireflies” Kusaretaru kusa hotaru to naru.
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Ripley and I saw glowing fireflies in a little patch of grass (it wasn’t rotten, ha) when we were on Ishigaki Island - it was as if they were reflecting the stars in the sky. 🌟 We don’t have fireflies on the west coast of the US and Canada, and I never see stars in Tokyo because of the light pollution, so it was a truly magical moment. I believe that fireflies are one of the few magical things left in the mundane world. 💫
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In a week or so we are going to enjoy watching two types of Japanese fireflies twinkling about in a botanical garden. In the meantime please enjoy these beautiful long exposure photographs of fireflies by Japanese photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu under CC BY - NC - ND 2.1 JP.
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#japan🇯🇵 #firefly #fireflies #heiki #genji #creativecommons #microseasons #72microseasons #sekki #ko

I’m finally really into writing my fantasy novel. I thought it would be strictly urban fantasy but I haven’t quite settled on that yet. It involves trees. And hopefully a tanuki. For now I’m only sharing excerpts on my tiny newsletter because those folks like trees. #yourdailytree

I spy with my little eye...
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SWIPE ➡️
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#yourdailytreehole

#yourdailytree is a metasequoia. 🌲 A tad smaller than the sequoia in Norcal where you will find some the largest trees in the world. Nevertheless, some of the Americans in our walking group paused and thought of home.

It’s important for your physical and mental health to take a moment and enjoy and be grateful for the things that make you genuinely smile.
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Positivity is good for your health (not removing negativity but rather increasing positivity). Fake smiles (the ones where you smile with your mouth but not your eyes) are literally bad for your health. Your body knows when you’re faking it. Our brain and body are connected and yet because specialists work on specific areas of our bodies they have been researched as disconnected and that information gets relayed to us. I highly recommend Barbara Fredrickson’s research on positivity if you are interested in learning more.
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The things that have made me genuinely smile this morning are:
- when Ripley made a funny comment about people who try to be zen
- a kid that walks to school every morning like his teeth are getting pulled out
- Ripley’s bus chaperone showing us his phone with a selfie that Ripley took with his fingers up his nose
- these bikes
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And it’s not even 8:30am. What else might the day bring?! ❤️

Japan celebrates 72 microseasons (24 segments that each have 3 segments of 5 days each) and I’m going to attempt to share the new season with you each week.
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June 6 - 10
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This division or sekki is 芒種 Bōshu (Grain beards and seeds) and runs June 6 to June 20 and this micro season or ko is 蟷螂生
Kamakiri shōzu - praying mantises hatch.
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I have many photos of praying mantises because me and my fam are big fans, but they all sucked, so I looked for a creative commons photo and the first one I found was by @joiito and taken in Tokyo in 2009. Ironically, at this moment, Joi is defending his thesis at Keiyo University and could be eaten alive by the professors in the audience just like a praying mantis can kill a mouse or a bird and eat its brains. Good luck, Joi!
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#japan🇯🇵 #prayingmantis #creativecommons #microseasons #72microseasons #sekki #ko

Playing with pedals - overdrive, distortion and delay. I want to create some tracks at various Solfeggio frequencies. Photo by Ripley.

Today was the final Cub Scouts meeting of the school year. Ripley earned many belt loops and patches today for making, growing, outdoorsing and learning about the Japanese culture (like Shinto religion). He was the only one to receive a “BEST” badge for making the best working catapult out of popsicle sticks so that made his day. The Boy Scouts organization has its faults, but is getting better. I appreciate that it’s international but locally relevant and encourages being in nature, learning about a variety of topics and how to be a productive and thoughtful member of society. This pack welcomed Ripley immediately and we are so grateful to the caring family who runs it. I was a Brownie and Girl Guide and Sean was a Boy Scout and we’ve got mad skills! ;) Thank you Far East Council Pack 5 in Tokyo!

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