Day 4-6, (04/05-07, from Friday to Sunday)

The post office at the Hyakumanben

The post office at the Hyakumanben

Sorry for the delay, yesterday I was just walking too much, had classes and then an event in the evening at Seika, so I was just too tired when I got home. So tired, that I accidentally shut down my laptop while skyping with home ^^; So let’s continue from where I left off. On Friday I didn’t have any official appointments, so I was planning to go to the town and do some shoppings and such. I went to the post at Hyakumanben again, and put most of my savings into the bank. This time I managed to pull my Japanese together a bit better than the day before, so it went quite smoothly. The only problem was, that I needed some help in translating the amount into “man” etc, because my mind just can’t get used to this unique Japanese numbering ^^;

The Clock Tower of KyoDai

The Clock Tower of KyoDai

The outside of KyoDai is always like that

The outside of KyoDai is always like this

After that I went to KyoDai for the last part of the registration – giving them my bank account information, so I could get the scholarship. That time I got my student and library card for their university and signed for the first scholarship that should be transfered at the end of April. Yep, the thing is, you mustn’t forget to sign every month, or you won’t get a scholarship for that month at all! Strange system, if you ask me. Actually the uni was very crowded, I guess they had the opening ceremony, as the students were all dressed nicely accompanied by proud parents. Btw, it was very hot that day, the sun was extremely strong, so this was the day my skin broke out due to the allergy >< Well, I did that to myself, because I was running outside a lot, and there was hardly any shadow.

Sakura in the garden

Sakura in the garden

The front gate of the Heian Jingu

The front gate of the Heian Jingu

My  plan was to check out another Book Off store for manga, this time the one at the Sanjo station, as it looked bigger than the other one. Since I didn’t want to spend on the train and wanted to see more of the city as well, I thought I would just walk down there. First I took the route along the river, but since there was no shadow, I went back to an inner street. While looking at the map I discovered the Heian Jingu was close by, so I decided I should take a look at it. The road there was also full of blooming sakura, it was very beautiful! The shrine itself was of course full of tourists – mainly Japanese, but there were some foreigners as well. First I just wanted to take a few photos as there was still a long way to my destination, but I knew the sakura season would end soon, so I decided to take a look at the famous garden, and I didn’t regret it. The garden is beautiful with a lot of sakura, ponds with fishes and just… nature.

Prettiness in the lake

Prettiness in the lake

The pond

The pond

Halfway there is a little shop for the tired tourists, and since it was hot I decided to eat an ice cream. The road ended at the lake with a small covered bridge on it, it looked very great. My parents are always pestering me for photos about me, but generally you can’t just ask people going there way in the middle of the city. Even here it was hard for me to ask, and in the end I managed to find foreigners to help me there ^^; Anyway, the garden is great, I can recommend it to everyone.

Just pretty

Just pretty

The shopping district has such arcades

The shopping district has such arcades

Continuing my walk I just took some water from a vending machine, and then I discovered a crepe shop next to it. Actually I wanted to visit the same restaurant as on the first night for a late lunch, but I was hungry and I wanted to try the Japanese crepe, so I decided to have some. I got a maroon one and it was really yummy with small maroon pieces in it. I really hope I will find such a shop elsewhere too, or I will have to just go back there to try some more ^^ After more walking and more sakura I finally for to the Sanjo store of Book Off. It didn’t seem as big on the inside, but later I thought that maybe there was one more floor with comics – well, I was already a bit exhausted. I got some books and a discount paper with that, so I will have to go back there once more anyway ^^ If I got this far already, I thought I could walk down to Gion-Shijo to make the pics I missed on the first night, and I knew there was a Fresco near the station as well – another supermarket which carries fruits and vegetables. This part of the town is very busy and crowded, well, it is indeed a shopping district. I just went by the first Book Off to take a closer look than on the first night, and I ended up with 16 volumes altogether from the two stores XD;

Sakura at Gion-Shijo

Sakura at Gion-Shijo

My bags were really heavy and my legs hurt, so I just did some shoppings at the Fresco mentioned above. I forgot to buy salt before, which would be necessary if I wanted to cook, and I found some strawberry there for a relatively good price – yummy~ And here I though I wouldn’t be able to eat strawberries this year. I was happy to find diced tomatoes and peanuts, latter is important in the evenings – I like to eat some later after dinner, and the ones here are quite okay as well. I like them salted, but not too much, and the amount of salt is just right here. I decided to make plain fried eggs with mushrooms for lunch the next day and I needed to get some bread for that. I haven’t eaten plain white bread for like years, and I don’t even want to, so I was desperately trying to find some rye or whole wheat bread. I was already tired and wanted to go home so I just took what looked brown from the outside, without even looking at what it really is. Basically, it wasn’t rye bread, so you could say it was a huge mistake, on the other hand it was an interesting experience, as well. The brown bread turned out to be choco bread, and was more like choco kalács (like brioche or so) XD It didn’t go well with the eggs, but otherwise it made a great addition to my yogurt breakfast – choco bread is very fluffy, but too sweet, just like our kalács. After the shopping I just went home with the train, my feet had enough of walking already, and the bags were heavy.

Hungary in my TV!!!!

Hungary in my TV!!!!

The next day, Saturday didn’t start that good, because it was raining and it didn’t stop all day after that. On the other hand I made a fun discovery while just surfing the channels in the morning: I was just clicking around and suddenly I was like, isn’t that the Buda Castle in the background?! Actually it was, I found a travel show, and they were just presenting Hungary! I was like, OMG, hoooooooome! I’m not really homesick, and I talk to my family every day, but it was still such a great feeling to see something Hungarian – and actually hear! It was nice to hear Hungarian words from a Japanese channel :D They were showing different tourist locations of Budapest, and they said next week they would show another part about Hungary.

First self-cooked lunch here

First self-cooked lunch here

After this I started cooking lunch – just some basic stuff, fried eggs with mushrooms and onions, but it was so great to eat something with Hungarian seasoning :D~~~ I made the discovery about the bread just before eating, but oh well, it was great anyway. After this I went to Demachiyanagi to do some shoppings. I’ve read that there should be a Daiso there – a bigger (not just) 100 yen shop, but I just didn’t recognize were I should go, and went off to a street below my goal. After a while I noticed that something wasn’t right, and decided to use the small streets to go back to the river with a small detour. I saw the north entry of the garden of the Imperial Palace and another shrine, so I have to go back there later as well. Actually if it didn’t rain, it would have been the best detour of my life.

One of the hidden temples

One of the hidden temples

The Demachiyanagi shopping district

The Demachiyanagi shopping district

In a small street there were shrines/temples one after another, and it’s not even marked on the map – it was awesome. Somehow I got back to my original goal, and discovered an arcade – in the end it turned out to be my original goal! Although I still didn’t find the Daiso there, here’s a shop with vegetables, so I got one more place where I could shop if needed – since I go by Demachiyanagi every weekday, it might be a good solution for one. I was checking out the sun blockers in a drug store, and while I was shocked at how expensive they are, I discovered I forgot to put more money into my pursue – a big mistake with the pricey public transport ^^;;;; I had 1000 something yen, so in the end I went to the 100 yen shop to at least get some things I needed, so that the trip here wouldn’t be all in vain. I got some stuff for the kitchen that was still missing and a mechanical pencil, eraser and such I forgot to bring from home.

The mountains were all cloudy too

The mountains were all cloudy too

With that I went home for some money, and decided to look elsewhere. I decided to go to the Kuramaguchi station by subway, as I saw there would be a Daiso. I wanted to walk to the subway station Matsugasaki, which is just 15-20 minutes away from my home, but there was a problem. Just 100 meters away from home the strong wind killed my umbrella ;__; I have noticed, there are often winds in Kyoto, this is also the reason why the warm weather doesn’t feel that warm yet. That time the wind was so strong and constantly changing directions that I and my umbrella couldn’t withstand it anymore. For umbrellas you only need a conbini, but in the direction I went there just wasn’t any in sight. Now I know there was be some in the other direction at Shougakuin, but oh well. The combini was just at the station, so I quickly got a new umbrella (though I was already drenched), this time only a cheap plastic one, if it would be killed soon anyway. I tried to repair my first umbrella, but it seems hopeless ;__;

I was riding the subway the first time and it’s great too~ I got to my destination, and found the store – at the top of a small department store. Here I discovered that you don’t always need to leave your umbrella at the front of the stores when it’s raining, at some places they provide plastic bags you can cover the umbrella with, and just throw it away in the end. The Daiso shop didn’t look much different from the other 100 yen shops I’ve seen so far, but they have some stuff others don’t. Originally I wanted a longer LAN cable, but they only had them up to 5 meters, and I knew it just would be enough. I got some spoons among others and a bigger scissor, and you know what, I got a left-handed scissor for the first time in my life for just 105 yen!!! Left-handed stuff are very expensive in Hungary, so I just never bothered, but when I have the choice for the same price, of course I will take the left-handed one. That being said my first time cutting with it was a strange experience, because I was looking at the other side of the tool while cutting like with right-handed scissors, and that didn’t work out here anymore XD I’m still not completely used to it, but now I know just how easy it is for right-handed people to cut with the scissors.

I though I should check out the food department of the store and well, and you know what, I found cheese here – a smoked one on top of it! The only cheese in other stores are processed cheese to spread over the bread or expensive Camembert, and it just wasn’t enough. Sure it was expensive, well, it came from the Netherlands, but I just need my cheese every now and then! I don’t eat any animals, so cheese was always an important source for protein for me. I will look elsewhere too, but if nothing else, I have to come back here later for more.

I got back with the subway – by the time I was nearly dry already as well. Near the station there is a Tsutaya store with books and such, so I just decided to drop by to see a comic store that’s actually not second hand. Their manga section wasn’t all that big, but I got two recent volumes that wouldn’t show up in Book Offs any time soon. Actually my other objective was an electric store, because I needed a dryer for my hair and a battery charger. I didn’t notice any before, but while I was getting drenched in the rain I saw something that seemed to have washing machines, so I thought I should check it out. It was indeed and electric store, and I got both things there. I looked at the LAN cables, but the 10 m one was like 1800, and I didn’t want to pay that much money for that – a good decision, as it turned out (well, today). The charger had two more batteries, which is great, because now I have spares for my camera. As for the dryer, actually I almost never used a dryer at home for the past few years, and I don’t even like it, because it damages the hair, but here in the humid room my hair won’t be dry ever, so yeah. I got an ion dryer in the end, which is supposed to dry faster and damage the hair less. Since it was still raining and sometimes I had to close my umbrella due to the rain I could already test it at home too. The only thing I forgot to check was the rice cooker, but either I will go back or look somewhere else later – it’s not that urgent yet. With that my big shopping tour ended as well, and I was glad to be finally at home.

Crossing the river once again

Crossing the river once again

Let's take a closer look at the mountains

Let’s take a closer look at the mountains

On Sunday I decided to take a walk the other way round, so I headed to the north. On the map we got at Seika about the surroundings of the uni I found some other supermarkets for shopping and I just wanted to check out the distance – and yeah, there was supposed to be another Book Off ^^; It turned out the shops aren’t even that far, pretty suitable for shopping. There is a Fresco, and further away a Life if needed.

Hot coffee from the machine

Hot coffee from the machine

I walked past the final station of the subway, and next to that is the station for the free Seika shuttle bus, so it turned out it would be good for me for commuting as well. I was afraid I couldn’t get away from the pricey public transport, but now I can manage it to Seika for free~~~ Even if I move away, I will move close to the station, because the shuttle bus is very convenient. It was very windy and cold, so I got a warm drink from the vending machine for the first time :D It was nicely warming me outside and inside as well – the milk coffee was too sweet for my taste, but it felt good.

Pretty crow *__*

Pretty crow *__*

The Book Off

The Book Off

On the way I saw a crow – well, there are a lot of crows here, but this one was pretty used to people, so I could get quite close to it to take photos. You know, I love crows, and the ones here have such shiny feathers, like it was satin or so~ The Book Off here turned out to be the best so far – the space is wider, there are less people and due to that the books less worn out. People do read a lot in Book Offs, and after a while the books just get thorn and worn out – and that’s not great for buying. Here I found books in great conditions, also quite recent stuff as well. Will go there more often if my finances allow ^^ Finally I went to Fresco for my shoppings, got some apples, tangerine and I decided to try the biscuits and sweets here :D~ Oh, and I wanted to get some fruit tea for a while, and here I have found some, but there were like two sorts only, and now even that cheap :/ I got Lipton Strawberry, but I’m not that fond of it, maybe I will find others somewhere else.

Pretty sakura here too

Pretty sakura here too

Yummies all over

Yummies all over

That was basically all for Sunday. Actually I wanted to wash my hair, but there were some problems with the water supply starting Saturday night. It was still raining heavily, so first I though it had something to do with that, and the water was even back for short times, but it turned out there was a problem in the house. Fortunately it was fixed in the evening, but it was just to later for hair washing. It was actually here that I met the German girl again as she came to ask if I had the same issue. It was nice to speak German again, though it was bit hard to switch my brain from English and Japanese to German. I have noticed since then that it can be even harder sometimes – like today, so I hope we will talk later more, or I will just forget my German and I don’t want that.

With that I’m closing today’s diary time – I hope I will catch up soon, and then it will be easier ^^

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