There is a display of three pictures lining a hallway in my Mother-in-law’s home. The pictures show my Mother-in-law, my wife and my daughter each at age 1. The similarities between the three are obvious to anyone who takes those photos in. To me though, the similarities are even MORE obvious when the three of them have ice cream in hand. There may be smiles all around, but they are taking their enjoyment of ice cream extremely seriously.
The above manga is the second installment of my Yojijukugo series. The four-character idiomatic expression in this one is Isshin Do Tai, translated as “One Mind, Same Body.” It’s used most commonly when two or more people are of the same mind / heart and acting as one. The three ladies pictured above act as one in their love for ice cream.