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Farmers’ Market, Bento boxes and a witches’ strange manifesto

Every week, Meishun goes to visit her town’s farmers’ market. The market is always full of fresh vegetables and fruits, but since a few weeks, those aren’t Meishun’s reason for going there anymore. Recently, a new stand has been added to the market: a bento box stand.

Bento boxes are Japanese lunch boxes. They hold food for one person. The box has several compartments, so you can store several types of foods inside without them mixing. It’s a very handy box, especially when going to work all day.

The food that goes into these bento boxes is carefully prepared. There is no specific type of food that’s usually eaten out of a bento box. However, to make a fulfilling meal, there are usually some noodles or rice, a piece of fish or meat, and several vegetables around the edges.

The bento boxes sold at the stand at the farmers’ market have many different colors. The nice thing is, you can keep the bento box for two or three days before eating it. Meishun won’t complain, that’s a healthy meal without cooking for at least three days! 

Meishun standing at a bento box stand at the local farmers' market, with Mr. Meow joining her wearing a scarf

Who doesn’t want a colorful bento box with delicious food inside?

Anyway, the bento boxes aren’t the only reason Meishun heads to the farmers’ market once a week. Everyone from Meishun’s town comes to the market, and sometimes there are some friends of Meishun from nearby towns. Going to the market is a great opportunity to chat a little and perhaps drink a cup of takeaway coffee or chocolate milk. There are even pancakes being baked freshly at another stand!

Cat things…

If you thought that going to the farmers’ market was a human-only thing, you are wrong. Mr. Meow hops along with Meishun. He usually sits in her backpack. Though, when they go back, Mr. Meow has to walk. No food and cats allowed in a backpack together! Mr. Meow finds his other cat friends at the market too.

And a good friend

This week, Meishun is meeting one of her friends to catch up. For the past year, her friend has been working in a large city, but has now returned to the valley for a short vacation. Over a cup of freshly brewed coffee, the two discuss recent events. 

“Have you heard of those two self-taught wizards publishing a manifesto in the paper?”

“Yep”, Meishun answers. “Very interesting… why would they do that?”

Her friend continues, “it seems that they are threatening to cast a spell on some local government officials, unless they’d publish their writing in the paper.”

“A spell on government officials? Wouldn’t be the first time, would it? Ridiculous, they’re still afraid of spells even though there are anti spells for everything now.”

“These officials are particularly superstitious,” Meishun’s friend says. “To the extent they would pay these witches not to cast a spell. The witches don’t even need their magical powers to get something out of these guys.”

“Hmmm, what about that, do you think there’s something we can do for the government officials?” Meishun answers.

“You mean help them… not to be superstitious? I don’t know if we can. That seems like a stretch. But we could go to them and ask what they are so afraid of. Perhaps, if we take away the problem, these witches would have no more leverage,” Meishun’s friend answers.

“Let’s look into it. Keep in touch!”

After returning home, Meishun looked up the witches’ manifesto in the paper. She also looked up the names of the threatened government officials. Slowly, she started to put together a plan to stop the criminals.

See you in the next blog!

Hanh & Kay

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