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Young or old, take the chance to play away this Golden Week

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When novelist Kikuko Tsumura was an elementary school first-grader, she had a classmate with whom she walked home together.

Recalling one such day in May in her essay, she wonders if her friend was a butterfly or honeybee in her previous incarnation because of the total ease with which she sucked nectar from azalea blossoms.

This friend also picked flowers from shrubbery along the way and offered them to Tsumura to share.

Recalling my own childhood, I do remember putting white and purple flowers in my mouth. Not that they were........

© The Asahi Shimbun