Love So Life seems to be back to regular, if unusually short, releases (*knock on wood*)! This chapter is more of the same; cute, fluffy and empty. I'm feeling emo towards Love So Life lately. I think I'm going to stop reading if it doesn't make some serious progress by the 100th chapter.
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The tagline on the cover page says "With this cold weather, spring is still far away..."
At the daycare, Shiharu is instructing the kids in a craft project related to Hina Matsuri (usually translated into English as "The Doll Festival" or "Girls' Day," Hina Matsuri is a traditional holiday to celebrate the healthy growth of the family's daughter(s), the main activity of which is displaying an alter decorated with a pantheon of dolls in the home). Akane doesn't know what Girls' Day is, so Shiharu and the other girls at the daycare explain it to her.
In the next scene, they're all at home and Matsunaga-san gets a call from the twins' grandmother. Grandma talks to Akane directly and tells her that she's inviting them to come up to Shizuoka to celebrate Hina Matsuri together. When Grandma tells Akane that she has Akane's mother's old Hina Matsuri set from when she was a kid that she saved for her, Akane gets frantic and asks "Akane's doll-sama's are over there??!" Akane throws the phone in the air and shouts at Matsunaga-san that she'll go to Shizuoka for Hina Matsuri, and Matsunaga-san tells her to tell that to her grandmother, not him.
Later on when Matsunaga-san relates this news to Shiharu and Aoi, it's revealed that they'll be going on a 2-day, 1-night trip this time. Matsunaga-san tells Shiharu apologetically that they can't bring her along on an overnight trip, and Shiharu agrees that it would be too much of an imposition and wishes them a good trip. When Aoi-kun realizes that Shiharu isn't going, he also refuses to go. Akane-chan jumps on board and says in that case she won't go either. Both twins cling to Shiharu and whine.
Matsunaga-san reminds the twins that their grandparents are very much looking forward to seeing them. Shiharu joins in and tells them that they'll also get to meet their cousins while they're there. Over some pictures of their preparations over the next few days, Shiharu narrates that "It might not come automatically, but with some guidance the twins' feelings will surely turn towards their grandparents..."
Finally the day before the trip comes, and Shiharu helps the twins pack the clothes they'll bring with them. Akane tells Shiharu that she'll bring her favorite towel, which reminds Shiharu to pack travel sized bottles of shampoo and body wash to take with them. (Random tidbit: According to my experience, most families only use shampoo and (liquid) bodywash, not conditioner or bar soap. I don't know why, but this is what my host family and my Japanese friends all do.)
When she runs into the bathroom to fill up the bottles, Matsunaga-san peeks in and tells her that the twins' grandparents have already prepared some for them to use while they're there. Matsunaga-san leans against the wall and peers down at Shiharu and she tells him somewhat shyly "But won't they feel more relaxed using the one they're used to, even if they're far away...?" Then she immediately realizes that this would mean letting the shampoo and body wash that the twins' grandparents prepared for them go to waste, and she apologizes enthusiastically. Matsunaga-san tells her it's okay, that he'll explain it to them in advance and that he's sure the twins' grandparents will understand.
Then the twins ask if they can bring some toys with them (Aoi wants to bring his "cosmo sword" and Akane wants to bring her Ruka-chan doll). Shiharu has a premonition of the two of them acting bratty when their cousins ask to play with these toys, and asks the twins if they are willing to share the toys if their cousins ask. Both answer brightly that they will, and Shiharu gives them permission.
The chapter ends with the promise that next chapter will be about the twins and Matsunaga-san's departure, and Shiharu seeing them off. The next chapter will be released November 5th.