05. 03-04. Friday-Saturday

Coffee choco cookie~

Coffee choco cookie~

Eggs with p-man

Eggs with p-man

05/03 Friday
The real start of Golden Week arrived, and it meant 20% discount at all Book Offs on everything! Just how great is that?! I have to say these days were mostly about manga shopping for me, and I don’t even want to think about how many volumes I bought XD But before going on the long journey I quickly made some lunch, just eggs with p-man, because it’s fast, easy and I love it. For dessert I tried the coffee biscuits I got yesterday at Life, and I have to say, those are really good.

The One Piece cup

The One Piece cup


Oh, and I forgot that a few days ago during cleaning I finally sorted all the kitchen stuff, and put away all the things I don’t use at all, because they just take up a huge space on the small trolley. During that I took a better look at a cup I didn’t care about before, simply because I can’t use it for anything. However it turned out it’s a One Piece cup! OMG! I totally didn’t notice! I’st great, it’s from after the time skip, and was a promo item at Domino Pizza! Since then I’m using it for… my peanuts in the evening XD

I'm always wondering about this shop when I go to KyoDai... Maybe I should go in for a drink...

I’m always wondering about this shop when I go to KyoDai… Maybe I should go in for a drink…

After having lunch I headed to the Book Off here at Takaragaike to see what they have. Needless to say I came home with a huge bag of books, but the day still wasn’t over. After contemplating a bit I decided go for more and headed once again for the Kyoto Station. First I got money from the ATM at Shuugakuin – good thing they are open on holidays as well, though not all day. I checked out the options for discounts, and since I wanted to go to more places I decided to use a Kyoto Shi-bus One Day Pass, where you only have to pay 500 yen, and you can use the buses in the center all you want – it’s really worth it. However I had no idea where to get it. I was checking out if the Univ Coop was open, because I wanted to see if they have discounts on SD cards and extension cords, but they were closed – should have checked the website first. Usually there is a tobacco shop for tickets and passes at Hyakumanben, but yeah, it was indeed a national holiday today, so it was closed. I went around a few rounds at Demachiyanagi for a clue, but in the end I asked the station staff, and they kindly told me where I could get the pass. In fact I was sent to the closest convenience store – should have thought about that option as well.

Anyway, I got the pass and first went once again to Nitori to get more boxes and the parasol I was eying the last time. In reality I wanted to check out one of the chests there, which I thought about buying, but they had none left this time. Well, there were some cons, like how I couldn’t bring it home because it’s heavy and the truck is expensive, or how it would be moving complicated later, so all in all I don’t mind I didn’t get it. It seems the card boxes with textile protect quite well against humidity, so I’m happy with that, and they are easier to transport as well. So in the end I just got more boxes and the parasol, and I was already putting latter to use that day, because the sun was merciless.

My other aim for the day was to make photos at the Uchuu Kyoudai exhibition I missed the last time, but by the time I got out of Nitori it was quite late, not to mention the bus too slow, so I was worried I wouldn’t make it. I got on a different bus than expected, so I wasn’t sure we were going, but it turned out it’s stopping at the Toji castle and in front of the Book Off there as well (which is also the closest to the Aeon Mall). I didn’t get off until the end station at Avanti, so I had to rush back to Aeon, but I did it and took a lot of photos, though the circumstances weren’t that great for my small camera.

My dinner ^^;

My dinner ^^;

I was very hungry that time, so I went to the food department of Aeon Mall, but yeah, other than crepé they didn’t have anything for vegetarians – too bad; in the end I got some cookies at Daiso. Then my resolve shattered, and went back to one of the character shops for a Sumikko gurashi notebook. I know, it’s horrible, but I couldn’t resist any longer. Seriously, I would save myself a lot of trouble if I just bought the things I like at first glance, but I like to consider good if I really want and need that thing. Okay, I don’t necessarily need this note, but I really wanted it~

After that I went to Bic Camera, because, well, I realized I need a protective case for my new tablet. I was checking a few sites out online, and knew what to look for and how much it would cost, but at Bic Camera they only had a case for an Acer 500, not 700, and it was much more expensive than the ones online, so I didn’t buy any. Same for the SD cards, just too damn expensive,.

The note has four different kinds of paper actually - this is one of them

The note has four different kinds of paper actually – this is one of them

Sumikko gurashi~ So cute and such great quality~

Sumikko gurashi~ So cute and such great quality~

While I was here I couldn’t go home without visiting the local Book Off to get more discount manga – yay~ I really like this store, because there is someone around the area who brings kinda recent stuff in as well, which is great for me. Sure I did leave there some stuff I wasn’t sure about, but oh well, you can’t buy the whole store. There will be more chances in future. By the time I got out it was very late and my feet hurt like hell. Having my pass I took a bus even back to the Kyoto Station, and then I got home very tired but satisfied at the same time.

The quiz show had questions like this! Of course this is one of the easier ones XD

The quiz show had questions like this! Of course this is one of the easier ones XD

And you know what, late in the night there was an anime oriented quiz show running on the TV! It was great, and I wanted to watch it through the end, but I slept in ;_; I was so tired I don’t even remember on which channel it was, so I still have no idea if it was a special or they regularly have that. As for the questions, there were some very easy ones as well, but also some tricky or about details you don’t even care about, but it was fun. Would be great to see such shows in future as well~

Crossing the river at Shuugakuin

Crossing the river at Shuugakuin

A bar - a liked the small color glass window

A bar – a liked the small color glass window

05/04 Saturday
On Saturday I went to check out two electric stores near my home if they had covers for tablets, and to see how the extension cords would be like. Well, my main reason for not buying one so far isn’t even the price but the fact that all of them seem to be limited to 1500 W, and I wasn’t sure it would be enough. There is an Edi-On at Shuugakuin and at Takaragaike as well, but none of them had anything I needed.

The entrance of a traditional (and very expensive) tea house

The entrance of a traditional (and very expensive) tea house

Orange juice with fruit flesh - yumm~

Orange juice with fruit flesh – yumm~

I went around a lot all in vain, but okay, I went shopping for food too, and in the end I headed once again for the Book Off – cause, when to buy if not during discount time?! Now I was going for old stuff and bunkobons, and when I thought I would get over this day smoothly, I discovered they have the whole Versailles no Bara series in a great condition! It was the kanzenban edition I wanted – huge and with color pages, and I was already planning to buy them anew, but there I thought, heck, if I don’t get this now, so I did. I saved a lot, the books look great – I’m all around satisfied, and that’s how the second day of manga shopping ended ^__^

And here are some pics of the Uchuu Kyoudai exhibition:

Huge Hibito

Huge Hibito

Mutta trying

Mutta trying

The green card incident - loved the moment Mutta shook hands with Fukuda-san

The green card incident – loved the moment Mutta shook hands with Fukuda-san

Paper-Rock-Scissors - loved this too~~~

Paper-Rock-Scissors – loved this too~~~

"Yay~" - the first word on the Moon - so very like Hibito XD

“Yay~” – the first word on the Moon – so very like Hibito XD

Awesome Hibito-Mutta moment~~~ I loved that story arc.

Awesome Hibito-Mutta moment~~~ I loved that story arc.


Character chart

Character chart

I always love these sheets with the expressions

I always love these sheets with the expressions

The bros

The bros


Hoshika-san~~~

Hoshika-san~~~

XD

XD

Character goods

Character goods

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05. 02. Thursday

Colors, clouds, shadows

Colors, clouds, shadows

05. 02. Thursday
After the busy previous day I wanted to take it easy at home today, but then I decided to do some cleaning, changing and washing the sheets and such, so it turned out to be quite tiring in the end. Later in the afternoon I decided to go to Seika to finally check out the library and the manga magazines in the basement, and to get some wifi for my new tablet. First there was a problem, because I couldn’t get in with my library card, and it seemed I needed to register again, but I did that on spot.

Seika

Seika

Then I got to the magazines to see what they have, and despite having been called a small collection, it has the most popular magazines in all genres. They even have Itan, Be×Boy, Hanaoto, Rutile and Yurihime, all the latest issues and a lot of backnumbers, so yay~ :D This time my main purpose for coming was the previous Margaret issue, which had an extra for the anniversary of the mag with a new BeruBara short. Fortunately they had it, so I could read it too – it was a lovely short about Andre’s affection for Oscar, and it made me very nostalgic. Since then it turned out the oneshot will be reworked with an additional page and four color pages for the Margaret 2013/13 on June 5, and I’m really considering buying that issue – BeruBara is worth that 360 yen I guess ^^ I was reading some other things as well, like Hagio Moto’s new story, Away in Flower and flipped through the BL, and it’s very useful, so I will go there for reading the latest mags for sure.

There's a Mucha exhibition in Kobe - hm...

There’s a Mucha exhibition in Kobe – hm…

Then I realized I forgot to bring the instructions for the wifi with me, so after reading I went to the IT department for the instructions, and then sat down at the cafeteria for the wifi – first outside, then inside as it was still quite cold. It was good to install all the stuff, not to mention it was my last chance, because starting the next day even Seika had Golden Week, and the shuttle buses weren’t running till next Tuesday. I also tried the Skype with home on the tablet, and while it was noisy, it’s a usable alternative when needed.

On the way home I made a round way to the Life supermarket to buy the brandy I was eying for a while now (and some ingredients for cooking of course). From all the alcoholic drinks I like cognac, Armagnac and brandy the best, and while I’m a light-weight when it comes to alcohol, sometimes I just need a good drink after a tiring day. Import alcoholic beverages are very expensive here, not to mention it’s all about whisky and wine, and there’s hardly any brandy, so I decided to try the more affordable local brandy by Suntory, and it’s not bad at all. When you take a sip, it’s a bit strange, but the aftertaste is very fresh and fruity – I can go with that while I’m here, I guess. That’s how my last day before the big Golden Week manga shopping spree ended, but I will come to those days the next time ^^

Leaf cookies I bought yesterday

Leaf cookies I bought yesterday

They look pretty, but well... I won't get them again I think

They look pretty, but well… I won’t get them again I think


Speaks for itself, btw it's from Korea

Speaks for itself, btw it’s from Korea

Looks like this, and another candidate for the never again label

Looks like this, and another candidate for the never again label

05. 01. Wednesday

My pretty tablet *__*

My pretty tablet *__*

It's here~~~

It’s here~~~

05. 01. Wednesday
By Wednesday I was okay again. Not to mention my tablet I ordered during the weekend arrived too! I was afraid I wouldn’t get it till after Golden Week, but I did~~~ I still don’t have a credit card here (too complicated), so I was paying with cash on delivery for 315 yen extra, but it was still totally worth it. I got an Acer A700 for the full HD at a great discount and much cheaper than in Hungary, and I have to say I’m very satisfied with it. I use it mainly for reading and as a dictionary (well, that was one of the reasons I got this, and with the additional options it was more worth than an electrical dictionary which costs almost the same), but it was my map in Osaka since then as well, and it’s useful in many ways. I love this baby, and I think tablets are really necessary in this time and age – well, if you don’t have a smartphone, of course.

Pretty clouds and an eagle at Demachiyanagi

Pretty clouds and an eagle at Demachiyanagi

A refreshing momo cider

A refreshing momo cider

But actually this day I didn’t stay at home to play with my new toy – well, I did, but I don’t have wifi in the room, and I had to put the tablet on charger first, which took too long, so I couldn’t go to the uni to use the wifi there for installing the necessary apps. Actually I tried to turn my laptop into a wifi hotspot, which is easy, but it didn’t work out. Upon reading my contract again it seems it’s not allowed to divide the net between more applications, so maybe it’s even blocked. Too bad, really, but okay, since then I’m using the wifi at both KyoDai and Seika, so it’s okay.

Kyoto Tower again - still planning to go

Kyoto Tower again – still planning to go

Aeon Mall

Aeon Mall

So in the end I went to the Kyoto Station once again, mainly for buying the Western-style plates I saw at the Daiso there, because I just couldn’t find such plates anywhere else. I was running around quite a lot last time, but now with some experience and more studying of the map I managed a lot better. After I arrived I headed to the Book Off in the area – I just couldn’t not go, despite knowing there would be discounts coming up over Golden Week ^^; On the way you have to pass the Aeon Mall, which I thought was a large department store, so I just decided to check it out for reference – and it turned out to be a good decision. The Aeon Mall is a huge plaza with all kinds of shops, but not a high-end one like Takashimaya and Marui in the shopping district I visited before. At the first floor I saw a big grocery shop, bakery and such, and I discovered a shop called Stone Market. It’s a shop with all kinds of jewelry and accessory with gems and stones, and not even that expensive. I was eying some silver necklaces with amethyst medal, but I have brought enough stuff with me to Japan, so maybe later. By the way I seriously need to get a jewelry box, because every morning is the pure chaos, not to mention my necklaces get all tangled too :/

Huge Mutta

Huge Mutta

After arriving to the second floor I knew it was a good decision to come here – maybe even fate. Because there I found a small exhibition corner for the Uchuu Kyoudai anime! By accident! Just how high are the chances for that?! It seems they are doing all kinds of promotion for the anime, now that it has been moved to a different time slot, and part of it was an exhibition at Aeon Mall. By the time I came to senses from the surprise I already had a flier and two sheets of Uchuu Kyoudai stickers in my hands, and after making a few photos there I realized it wasn’t even the main event. There was a model of the closed box, the statue of Mutta, tons of merchandise, but the main exhibition was on the 4th floor – which I had to see of course.

The model with the rest in the background

The model with the rest in the background

Inside the box

Inside the box

Event on the 4th floor!

Event on the 4th floor!


Kutsushita Nyanko - ain't it cute?!

Kutsushita Nyanko – ain’t it cute?!

Sneaking a pic in the Aeon Mall bookstore. I like the hanging previews.

Sneaking a pic in the Aeon Mall bookstore. I like the hanging previews.

But first I took a look at the other shops in the plaza, they really have everything from furniture and goods for your home to clothes and toys. I got a Kutsushita Nyanko clear file at the stationary corner for the flier and stickers, and I spent a short time at the huge book shop. It’s really big and they have tons of stuff – a good place to go to for stuff that won’t show up in the second-hand shops and collector items, and I also decided to come back here to get some stuff. Then on the fourth floor I found tons of character goods in different shops! At one of them there were tons of cute Rilakkuma notes and such, and I was totally taken in by the Sumikko gurashi goods. Somehow I resisted buying, since I didn’t actually need notes now, but my will wasn’t that strong, as it turned out later ^^; The other shop looked like a joke shop first, but then it turned out they also have all kinds of character goods from the Pink Panther through Spiderman to the Care Bears – and Totoro! A good place for “useless junk” XD The fun thing, there was also a 100 yen Daiso, just like at the Avanti where I wanted to go for plates, and even bigger. I got a few things like and usb cable for my phone and household goods, but strangely they didn’t have any plates, so I had to go to Avanti as well. Another strange thing, the usb cable for my phone turned out to be for charging only, which is weird! Not to mention I haven’t seen any other cables for data transfer… I don’t dare to try this cable for transferring data (although I think it should be able to, cause why not?!), because I’m afraid I will kill my phone and then I have to pay a lot for getting a new one, but okay, the charger is useful too and I rarely need to get data off the phone – and for that I can use an SD card.

The Uchuu Kyoudai set

The Uchuu Kyoudai set

Anyway, after these side trips I arrived to the Uchuu Kyoudai exhibition. I will post pics on the day they were made (cause there are enough others for this one), because actually at this time I didn’t dare to take any pics and didn’t ask if I could – yes, I know ^^;;; The exhibition started with a big Hibito statue and then showed the most important moments of the series till after Hibito’s accident and Mutta being chosen as an astronaut candidate. There were character plans, huge pics of the main characters, and while the exhibit was free, for an extra fee you could take the “astronaut exam” – good idea for kids. At the end there was the merchandise corner with Uchuu Kyoudai space food, clothes and tons of other stuff. In the end I got a clear file as a keepsake ^^

Fruits and tea - was okay, I guess?

Fruits and tea – was okay, I guess?

Manga with bookcovers

Manga with bookcovers

After this I went to the Book Off, got a few things, and headed to Avanti and the Daiso there. Finally I got some plates, and another big cup for my morning coffee. I realized in the Avanti there also has a huge stationary and book shop area at another floor, so I took a look at it, while I was there. The stationary part was great again, and apart from some tempting Moomin goods I finally found the stamps! I love stamps (though I never use any) and here in Japan they have so many great ones, and now I found a stationary shop that carries them. I might end up buying one later, but I should get one I can use as well. Actually one of my teachers is using a Doraemon “Mimashita” stamp when returning our writings to us, which is very cute, I think ^^ In the end I just got something I need at the uni, and headed to the books. That part is quite big as well, and in the end I got there the two volumes I was eying – two recent re-releases of old Hagio Moto oneshots – Lulu to Mimi and 10-gatsu no Shoujotachi – both for my research and my reading pleasure :D An interesting thing, they were offering to put book covers on the volumes at the counter, and totally perplexed I said yes just to see what it means. They were putting paper covers on the books, which is a great idea~

Cutting up a Camembert and packing it separately is no good sign

Cutting up a Camembert and packing it separately is no good sign

By the time I got out it was very late already, but this time I managed to find my way to the bus station easily – I just took the wrong turn the last time. On the other hand it took a long time to find the bus I needed, not to mention the trip itself was long too, so I arrived home quite late. As I was hungry I tried the camembert I bought before, but while it wasn’t bad, Japanese cheese is a hopeless case I guess. So may long day ended with the realization.

04. 29-30. Monday-Tuesday

I’m late, I know, but the days are just flying away without be being able to catch up with myself in many aspects. Actually I have been writing quite diligently about the most recent things, now I only need to fill the gap as soon as possible. Here are four new day broken into three posts.

The paprikás krumpli

The paprikás krumpli

04. 29. Monday
So let’s see what happened during Golden Week, when we had more than a whole week off – at least at KyoDai, not that much at Seika. Actually the week didn’t start that great, and I had two kind of depressed days, but then I recovered quite quickly, so it’s okay. On Monday I went shopping for food first, and I could get new potatoes for a good price, so I decided to make paprikás krumpli (potato goulash?) from that. It was great and I enjoyed being able to eat potatoes for lunch ^^

Since I had no classes at KyoDai, I decided to go to the seminar at Seika I’m generally unable to attend. It’s a class for the MA students, so it’s supposed to be easier than the doctoral class on Tuesday, but for me it was hard to follow anyway. This was the point where I became a bit desperate and frustrated over my own lacks in both the Japanese language and in the academics. For one I felt I came here too early and I should have polished my Japanese more before coming, on the other hand I felt the six-year-long absence from any academic studies was just too long. What might be common knowledge to any current uni students is long forgotten for me, and it’s not easy to catch up. Well, what can I do, it’s not like I could come here earlier or later, so the only way is to get over the Japanese course as soon as possible and then dedicate myself to reading tons of academic texts both in Japanese and English. While I know that, I couldn’t help but be depressed about the current state of affairs, and was totally not looking forward to the class on Tuesday. Not to mention there was a welcome party/nomikai for the doctoral/research students after the class on Tuesday, and I was really anxious about that as well.

So-so choco with biscuits

So-so choco with biscuits

Rich soup with mushrooms and potatoes

Rich soup with mushrooms and potatoes

04. 30. Tuesday
My Tuesday started the same way. This time I made soup, and just to make it richer I threw some potatoes and mushrooms into the mix – and it was great~

The depression remained, what’s more, it was increased by a devastating discovery on the net: I missed Takemiya Keiko’s exhibition orz It was Sensei’s first exhibition in Kyoto for years, and took place in a gallery in the shopping district between 04. 20 and 27. – I missed it by a few days only T__T Not to mention I was in the area last week, maybe even passed by that gallery, but I totally didn’t notice… The exhibition centered around Kaze to Ki no Uta, so I really would have loved to see it, and I missed my chance despite being here :( Really, I have to start stalking the official pages of the artists I like, or I will miss everything. I already marked my calendar for the Nakahara Junichi exhibition in Osaka during the summer – and yes, I’m willing to go to Osaka for that!

The class about Eisenstein's montage theory was so exhausting that I had to grab a bite despite going for dinner afterwards ^^;

The class about Eisenstein’s montage theory was so exhausting that I had to grab a bite despite going for dinner afterwards ^^;

So yeah, the day didn’t start well, and I was afraid it would be even worse with today’s class, however I almost didn1t got to class. It was the first time I had to pay the rent, which can be done via bank transfer or in person. I went to the local post office and first tried to use the ATM for the transfer, but I totally didn’t understand what to do and how, so I went to the counters directly. It turned out there, that I couldn’t make any bank transfers from the post for half a year, these are the rules. Actually I have read that in the beginning, but I thought it was just for overseas transfers, Somehow it just doesn’t make sense, because how the hell do you pay your rent like that? I got the information that maybe I could do it at the Kyoto Bank there. So I took the money off my account and went to the Kyoto Bank to the ATMs. It looked very complicated, not to mention there was no English menu, but a bank employee came to my rescue. She guided me though the whole procedure, and it was so complicated that I most definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it alone. But transfer was done, and here I was already afraid I needed to go to the office in person to be able to pay and miss my class in the afternoon. The only backside, the service fee was huge, more than 600 yen, so maybe it is worth to go in person despite the bus fare and such. There was the option to make a card with the transfer datas for the future, so we made one just in case, so next time I won’t have to go though the whole ordeal, just slip in the card and the money for the transfer. What surprised me though, it took several days till the money arrived, which is meh :/

After that the class actually went better than yesterday, but there were still my issues with the party. However it turned out I wasn’t the only one with the problem, and in the end the English speaking people were sitting together, so we didn’t have to speak Japanese all the time. We went to a Chinese restaurant, and got several courses of different kinds of dishes one after another on big plates, so we could take what we liked. First I was afraid there wouldn’t be anything without animals, but my professor was so nice, she asked the waitresses all the time about what’s in the dish they brought. In the end there were quite some things I could eat fortunately. No photos though, because I forgot, but it wouldn’t have been appropriate either. Anyway, it was a nice evening and it helped to improve my mood a lot.

04. 25-28. Thursday-Sunday

Freesia on the road - they smell so nice!

Freesia on the road – they smell so nice!

04/25 Thursday
On Thursday I didn’t do much – except, I got my cell phone XD In the morning I went to the Softbank and Docomo shops near here to once again ask about the conditions. There is currently a student discount campaign going on, where you don’t need to pay any basic fees, and well, since I wouldn’t use my phone all that much, that was my aim. At Softbank it turned out that with the student discount I would need get the internet package as well, not to mention pay for the phone, so it would be all that cheap. But at Docomo I could enter the student discount without having to get the internet/mail package, and I even got a phone for free, so yeah. Sure, at Docomo I need to pay for calls and sms to other Docomo phones as well, while at Softbank it’s free, but this extra wasn’t really worth for me to pick them, as I don’t use the phone that much anyway. After almost two weeks I didn’t even make a call, send and sms, and used the cell for making notes and taking pictures when the battery of my camera was dead, so yeah…

I got some tasty strawberries

I got some tasty strawberries

My phone with a lamb mascot - I always have to think of Kurohitsuji(!), if you know what I mean XD

My phone with a lamb mascot – I always have to think of Kurohitsuji(!), if you know what I mean XD

So after my two afternoon classes I went back to Docomo, made a contract with them and got my phone. The process took almost an hour with all the paperwork, but well, the cell phone issue was finally solved. Said and done I took a detour to the local Fresco, as I needed to buy the ingredients for tomorrows lunch. I decided to make lecsó with rice, since the p-man were so cheap already. One tomato is needed for that too, but generally tomatoes aren’t that cheap here, not to mention the color is pale, but I got some and it turned out they taste very good too – I didn’t expect that. I bought rice too, and in spite of my expectations rice isn’t actually cheap here. Okay, I don’t eat it everyday, so I just got a 2 kg bag, but still. And while I love long grain rice, the ones here aren’t like that at all – oh well…

The Hungarian lecsó, only greener

The Hungarian lecsó, only greener

Dessert: Kit Kat for adults - meaning dark choco~

Dessert: Kit Kat for adults – meaning dark choco~

04/26 Friday
On Friday I cooked my lecsó which turned out to be great *__* I need to make that soon again~ The lecsó itself was okay and easy, but then there was the task to use my rice cooker for the first time. It was second hand, so there was no manual or measuring cup included, but okay, even at home I used it differently from the manual after a few tries. I started the cooker the best I could, but I was worried, because for a long while there was just no noticeable change on the cooker – while my cooker in Hungary got warm and stuff. I was already hunting for manuals online, when I saw there was indeed happening something in there, and the end result was great too. No more tasteless convenience store rice!

Yummy sweets~

Yummy sweets~

The too hot tea

The too hot tea

After lunch I went for my classes and then dropped by the 100 yen store at Hyakumanben to get some additional utensils for my kitchen – and chocolate. I had to realize that they have a lot of sorts that are much more expensive in a supermarket, so I will have to get through the assortment of the 100 shop first. I got great yummies like cookies, mint choco and coffee choco – all delicious~ As for the coffee choco, I thought they were choco-coated coffee beans, but it wasn’t the case, still the raw coffee taste was there in the choco, so it was great. I was kinda freezing, so on the way I got some hot milk tea from the vending machine – and it was so hot, that I could hardly hold it in my hands, much less drink it. In the end I drank it at home, that was the time it cooled down to a drinkable degree. I had one more thing to do – get more instant coffee and milk powder as they were running out. My coffee consummation went down to one cup a day, but I need that one, so it was an important task XD It took a while, but I picked some, and they turned out to be pretty good choices – yay~

Look who's sitting in the bushes!

Look who’s sitting in the bushes!

A very old house with pigeon motif...

A very old house with pigeon motif…


This one actually tastes like Traubi szóda

This one actually tastes like Traubi szóda

You can see when the bus is coming - great~

You can see when the bus is coming – great~

04/27 Saturday
I was still missing many necessary stuff, so I decided to check out a furniture shop called Nitori. Most of their shops are far away, but one of them is quite accessible, so I left for that – by bus. Generally I rarely use the bus, but it was the most simple way to the store. Although the buses are great for sightseeing, they are generally very slow. There are a lot of bus stops and the traffic isn’t that great. The trip took me far away from the city center to the east, and after around 45 minutes I arrived to the store. It’s a bit like Ikea but smaller and generally with okay prices as I could see from their website.

Nitori

Nitori


There were things that didn’t convince me, like the towels – very thin and expensive at that, but I managed to get quite a few things. I bought new sheets for my bed to have one of my own and to be able to change the sheets if needed, a box for storing my manga, a bath robe which I would love to use, but even after washing it twice it’s leaving fussles all over the room ;__; The purchase I was the happiest about was a huge 5 l pot, so I could finally cook come soup. I was craving some home-made soup already, but it’s hard to find really big pots here. The shape isn’t really to my liking, as I like tall pots for my soup, but all pots here are on the low side – at least it’s fitting in my tiny fridge XD I was considering other things, like a parasol and a chest, also for my manga, but I couldn’t decide on the first one and couldn’t carry the latter, so yeah… I’m still contemplating buying the chest, but on the other hand it would only bring more trouble if I decided to ever move, which I’m reluctant to do due to the high costs, but who knows… All in all Nitori is a good choice is you need something for your home. Since I left in the afternoon, and the trip and the shopping took quite a while, the afternoon was already over when I got out of the shop. I guess it was enough for the day, not to mention my bag was very heavy, so I just came home.

We had gorgeous weather, though a killer for my skin

We had gorgeous weather, though a killer for my skin

Peach-mango-whatnot

Peach-mango-whatnot

04/28 Sunday
Compared to my other Sundays, this one was very busy: I had a huge cleaning day in the flat and I was supposed to meet a friend in the afternoon. I did some minor cleanings every now and then, but I didn’t scrub the whole flat at the same time yet. I thought it would be easy to clean such a room, but unfortunately due to the fact that everything is just lying around freely and due to the fact that I’m living next to a highway and train racks, everything gets dirty very easily and with the tools here it’s pretty hard to clean. The sponges are okay, but the other cloths meant for absorbing water or wet-wiping things aren’t that great, sometimes not absorbing water at all or hard to get the dirt off them. What I would need here are sponge cloths, but you can’t really find them anywhere, or if a shop has some, it’s to exorbitant prices. Same with the floor-wiping cloths. It seems in Japan either you wipe the floor with a dry cloth (microfiber, so it’s not that bad), or buy dispensable wet floor-wiping papers, which is just strange. Maybe it’s due to the humidity here, that they don’t really want to wipe the floor with wet clothes, I don’t know. Oh, and for the toilet you also need to use dispensable, antibacterial wipes, which is a good idea, I think, because it’s not that fun to use the same sponge or cloth for cleaning the toilet over and over. Anyway, it took long hours, I was vacuuming like three times (well, the machine isn’t that great and I have a wooden flooring :/) but the huge cleaning was done.

There's fish in the river!

There’s fish in the river!

People were sitting around at the riverside

People were sitting around at the riverside

Then I left for Gion-Shijo, as I was meeting said friend there at 15:00. She’s also Hungarian, so being able to speak Hungarian with her the whole afternoon was great. Sure, I speak Hungarian every night with my parents, but it’s just not the same. The crowd was huge both on the train and in Gion-Shijo, which was the sure sign that Golden Week has started. We managed to find a coffee shop at the shopping district and were taking about all kinds of things, when the topic of the International Manga Museum came up. Despite being here for a few weeks and having to do research there later, I haven’t been to the Manga Museum yet, nor did my friend, and since it was relatively close, we decided to check it out. That place is indeed amazing, and like I have read before , it’s more like a library, where you can read to your heart’s content. Sure, we didn’t have the time for that now, but there are other things to see as well, like several exhibitions.

The Manga Museum

The Manga Museum

A wall of manga

A wall of manga


Kamishibai

Kamishibai

The Anno Moyoco exhibition

The Anno Moyoco exhibition


On of them was the Kyoto Magic with clothes inspired from Anno Moyoco’s Sugar Sugar Rune (and of course with many illustrations and goods), a 10 year retrospective of the work of Terada Kazuya (probably best known for his Blood designs) and the Sketchtravel exhibition with sketches from artists from all around the world. There is a kamishibai room with is awesome even without a performance, a huge Phoenix statue from Tezuka’s Hi no Tori, long walls of manga and a main exhibition hall with manga and magazines in chronological order. It’s all amazing, and I caught glimpse of a lot of oldies I will need to read for my research in future. We didn’t have much time, but I will go back quite often, and I can do it too, because I have free entry with my Seika student card.

The Phoenix

The Phoenix

Old anthologies~

Old anthologies~

Takemiya Keiko has her own wall of course!

Takemiya Keiko has her own wall of course!

Terada Kazuya

Terada Kazuya

People sitting around reading in the garden

People sitting around reading in the garden


Taiyaki

Taiyaki

After I parted from my friend at the Gion-Shijo station I headed once again back to the shopping district (which was still sickeningly crowded) to get a few things done, and I tasted the taiyaki from another shop this time as well. It was interesting, as it was full of red bean paste with hardly any dough, but while it was a nice experience, I most definitely prefer the other shop there. After walking around for a while I headed home, still not knowing how I would spend the KyoDai-free Golden Week.

Crowded arcade with loud advertising

Crowded arcade with loud advertising

A shrine with tired shoppers

A shrine with tired shoppers

Game center - not the only one here

Game center – not the only one here

04. 22-24. Monday-Wednesday

My lunch

My lunch

Yummy cheese

Yummy cheese

04/22 Monday
My Monday is full of classes so nothing exciting happened. Since I’m unable to eat in the mornings and didn’t have any more cookies I went to the bakery at Shuugakuin for some pastries. I got a plain croissant and something with cheese as I was craving some salty for once. Since I didn’t finish all my homework I decided to spend the lunch break with that and once again I got some onigiri and potato salad to eat ^^; I kinda want to go back to Sujata already, but the timing just wasn’t right since then – maybe next week.

Another anpan

Another anpan

04/23 Tuesday
On Tuesday I had one grammar class late in the morning, so I could have had breakfast at home, but I still didn’t have anything to eat. I arrived to Demachiyanagi and took a different route than usual, a shorter route through minor roads I discovered recently. Going into a totally different direction I noticed quite a few interesting shops one after another, like a patissiere, an onigiriya and a bakery. Now I visited the bakery and bought the obligatory anpan – the one with white sesame of course. This anpan was totally different from the previous one, but delicious of course. The paste was less solid and there were more bean parts and overall more paste – I quite liked it.

The train I'm taking

The train I’m taking

Tsubaki, camellia

Tsubaki, camellia

After the class I decided to walk a few stations, because I saw some gorgeous acacia blooming from the train, and if I didn’t hurry they would be gone soon. The acacia were incredibly beautiful and smelled nice too – and of course there was loud bug buzz everywhere. I saw a huge bee-like bug there, I still couldn’t find out what it was, but it was the first time in my like seeing such a big bug. There are no such big ones in Hungary at all!

Acacia 1.

Acacia 1.

Acacia 2.

Acacia 2.

Acacia 3.

Acacia 3.


There was another acacia I wanted to take pictures of, so I walked a bit further, and accidentally found a grocery shop – a different line that the ones I have visited before. I found cheaper yogurts and much to my surprise local Camembert to a much cheaper price. I still had the smoked cheese, so it wasn’t until much later that I tasted the cheese, and unfortunately Japanese cheese are probably hopeless. If you want to eat good cheese, only buy the imported sorts. Anyway, I was happy with my shoppings and after taking photos of the other acacia I went home for lunch, and this time I added some fried eggs to the zucchini and it was very yummy~ After lunch I tried some cheese-flavored crackers, and while they weren’t bad, I don’t think I will buy them again.

And the view

And the view

The hidden path

The hidden path

When I left for Seika I took a short detour to an alley near my home, as I have been hearing the sound of the river from there. It’s a nice place to take photos, and I was lucky to spot two ducks and even a cormorant was landing there, but left immediately too, so I couldn’t take a photo of it. The class at Seika was more like a short brainstorming about projects and meeting about future events. I seriously need to get over the initial phase here, because I need to make some decisions about my research, my possible application for the PhD course and such. I still couldn’t decide where I want to go with my project, and there are so many other topics I’m interested in. We will see, hopefully I can get more into the research-related things soon.

Sekihan onigiri

Sekihan onigiri

Wakame onigiri

Wakame onigiri

Despite the shorter and less tiring meeting I was very hungry when it ended, so I dropped by a Lawson on the road in hopes to find some onigiri. They had wakame and sekihan ones, but they were much bigger – not that it’s a problem XD On the other hand one thing that bothers me here is, that there are no unit prices at the shops for comparing goods, and even worse, there are tons of products that don’t even list the weight or the country of origin! Latter doesn’t bother me much, but the weight does a lot! How am I supposed to know how much I eat? How can I calculate my diet? If I ate anything I wanted I would grow fat in no time unfortunately, so it’s a bit of a problem for me :/ Anyway, the onigiris were yummy at least.

The lunch plate

The lunch plate

04/24 Wednesday
The day I went to the movies \^_^/ But before that I wanted to clear the cell phone issue, because here you can’t even order from the net if you don’t have a cell, and I wanted to order my tablet already. I dropped by the Softbank near the Hyakumanben, because others told me they have English-speaking staff there, but that person wasn’t there when I went unfortunately. Somehow I managed to convey what I wanted, but from the guy there I heard a bit different infos than what I saw on the net. He even told me I couldn’t send SMS without paying for the internet and email package, which is plain rubbish. Either he didn’t know what an SMS was (which is not very likely), or he wanted me to get into a more expensive contract. Anyway, I left there quite dejected, as I was ready to get my phone that day, but I decided to research a bit more.

One of the department stores

One of the department stores

As for the movie I wasn’t sure which show I wanna watch, so I went to Gion-Shijo before 12:00, and went once again to Matsuontoko for lunch. This time I took the lunch plate and there was fried wheat gluten cutlet with sauces, salad, rice, soup and a drink. I have to say I loved it a lot, the sauces were interesting, there was even a thing that looked like mustard, but it was very hot, more in the horse-radish/wasabi direction – I loved that a lot XD The soup was good too and I was craving some already. Once again satisfied I went to buy my movie ticket, and picked a time later in the afternoon so I could check out some shops. Everything was fine, I could even pick my place from a map of the room. Said and done I went to check out some other big department stores in the district to see if they have something useful for my needs and my home. First I went to Takashimaya, then to Marui across the street. I have to say both are very high-end stores with crazy prices, nothing for a poor student like me. Still, the basements could be interesting for me later due to their wide selection of food – cheese included XD What I haven’t seen here though are Emmental type of cheese with huge holes – I miss that a lot… Another interesting thing is that on one of the floors of Takashimaya there is a small stationary corner, yes, that guilty pleasure of mine ^^; And there was one wall exclusively for Nakahara Junichi goods! OMG! If it’s about fashion illustrations you can’t go any more classic than him, and it’s also pretty much the era I want to research. I withstood the urge to buy something, as I didn’t particularly need anything, but I’m sure I will go back to get at least a clear file *__*

Movix

Movix

After these trips I dropped by the local Book Off to waste some time, but in the end I was almost too late for the movies. The commercials were already running, but well, it was another 15 minutes till the movie started, and there were others coming later as well, so it’s okay. It was great to watch the movie previews, because it was all Japanese stuff and mainly anime <3 I'm sure I will go to the movies every month for a while now, because I just can't miss all the upcoming stuff. There is a movie called Haru which didn't catch my attention before, but after seeing the preview I wonder how this directorial debut will turn out. And there's the new Shinkai movie, which is like back to the roots, Shinkai in his best element, very much slice of life with a huge emotional impact. I'm looking forward to that. And then there's the new Ghibli too. Well, with the Ladies' night discount (1000 yen for ladies on Wednesdays) I guess it will be doable.

The movie poster

The movie poster

But back to the current movie, it was the latest of the Meitantei Conan franchise. I was kinda watching the series in German before and watched most of the movies too, so it was the best opportunity to test things with the cinemas. I thought the cinema would be full of kids, but the audience was very mixed and mostly adults and teens. As for the behavior during the film, it was very good. In Hungary the situation is horrible with a lot of eating, crunching and talking during the films, but here people were doing that during the commercial/preview time only, after that it got dead silent. The cinema itself is like a general plaza cinema, though the chairs could be bigger. The movie was good and it was a good movie experience, aside from the fact that the guy next to me kinda smelled, and wasn’t even that interested in the film :/

Taiyaki

Taiyaki

It was raining

It was raining

After the movie I got hungry and bought a red bean paste taiyaki from a stand there – and it was great! Though it had a small mochi in it at the tail, it was still okay, so I need to get back there and try even more sorts *__* By the time I got out it was raining, like it did all day already. I was crossing the bridge at Sanjou to go to the other Book Off, and while I was taking photos of the terraces, a huge bird landed on one of them. I’m not sure what it was, maybe a Great Bustard or not, but it was very daring and couldn’t be bothered by the people. Unfortunately I was having a hard tome holding my bags, umbrella and camera so I didn’t manage to get good pics, and I had to change batteries too… Anyway, after getting a few books at Book Off I went home after this eventful day.

The bird, it was just amazing!

The bird, it was just amazing!

04. 19-21. Friday-Sunday

It’s been a long time again. The days are just rushing by, and I feel like I still need to catch up on a lot of things, not just this diary. Actually we had Golden Week here over the last week, but in the end I hardly managed to pull myself together – and I blame manga for that ^^; Anyway, let’s see what happened after my last post. Once again I’m posting in several bits, as WordPress doesn’t like my long posts.

Discovering new places

Discovering new places

05/19 Friday
On Friday I decided to check out the recycle shop that was quite near to my home. Well, it was basically the only option as the others are way too far away. I walked down a few stations, but in the end the shop was small and didn’t really have the items I wanted – at least size-wise. I jumped on the train and went to the uni, but first I dropped by the 100 yen shop to get some washing nets – and some yummies. At the drug store below I also found softener, so I was ready to take on the task of washing again – as I had to re-wash the things that fell on the ground.

Tea with grapes, it was okay

Tea with grapes, it was okay

Finally a salty cracker - with cheese and pepper~

Finally a salty cracker – with cheese and pepper~

100% juice

100% juice


My rice-cooking baby~

My rice-cooking baby~

After my classes I went to the Gakusei Recycle shop I found yesterday to buy the small rice cooker they had. It was still there, but strangely the price went up: yesterday it was 1700 yen, but now 1900 o_O; Well, it’s still cheaper than a new one, so I bought it, but it was surely strange. They had some ovens too, but they weren’t really good, so I didn’t buy any – not that I could have carried a rice cooker and an over toaster at the same time XD;

No, these are not bananas

No, these are not bananas

My oranges have an anime character on them!

My oranges have an anime character on them!

In the evening I went shopping to cook up some food on the weekend, but I couldn’t really figure out what. And then I noticed it: the yellow zucchini! In couldn’t beleive my eyes, there’s such a thing as yellow zucchini! Sorry, if it’s basic knowledge to everyone, but in Hungary all zucchinis are green, so I was really surprised, but of course I had to buy it XD I decided to make an oven-free variation of my fave zucchini dish, and I was wondering how it would look like in yellow XD

My veggie burger

My veggie burger

Matsuontoko

Matsuontoko

04/20 Saturday
On Saturday I re-washed the fallen clothes and then I decided to go to the shopping district, because others have recommended a store there, where I could find things for my room. At the same time I wanted to check out the Animate and the Toranoana in the area, as I missed to do that so far. Since I didn’t have anything to eat at home, I went to Matsuontoko, the veggie restaurant we have visited with the Dutch girl on the first night. At that time I was eating curry, but I wanted to taste their burgers. Actually I has been more than 20 years since I ate a hamburger – not that I was craving it or so, I was just curious, same with the fake meats they are using in the restaurants. I got a teriyaki burger and I was impressed with the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce and it made the soy meat in the crispy burger perfect. There were French fries and salad with non-milk-based cheese on it, and overall I was very satisfied. Sure, it’s not cheap, I paid 930 for the meal, but it’s a waste not to test these things.

Animate

Animate

Toranoana

Toranoana

With a full stomach I decided to look for the Animate and accidentally I found it immediately. Well, they are close, but it’s nearly impossible to locate stores in the arcades with a map. I was lucky with Matsuontoko too, because I totally didn’t remember where it was, just the approximate direction, still, I found it immediately XD Back to the Animate, well, it’s big, much bigger than the one at the Kyoto Station, and it’s full of people. I successfully withstood the urge to buy merch stuff, but I got a DJ and a manga I wanted to read for a while now. Unfortunately it’s forbidden to take photos in the store, so no pics from the inside. After that I went to the Toranoana store – it was easy to locate and all these stores are very close to eachother. The store is not that big, and although they have the latest releases, there were only a few DJs I would have bought, but unfortunately they were in the 1000+ price range and I wanted to save money for now. After a few rounds however I discovered small, hidden baskets, where you can search older releases for a cheap price. There were all kinds of genres and many Terra e… DJs as well, but all gag, so not my taste. In the end I found two gems – original DJs by prominent artists for 105 yen each and I’m weak to that XD;

The shopping district has such arcades

The shopping district has such arcades

Preparing for Children's day

Preparing for Children’s day

After getting over the mania business I took a walk around the arcades to see more of the shops, directions and such. To my surprise I discovered a cinema in the middle of the district, which was good timing. I considered going to the movies next week, because yeah, anime on the big screen is not something I can have at home all the time, and the new Meitantei Conan movie just premiered. I also wanted to check things out before the premier of the new Shinkai Makoto anime next month, and the Conan movie was the perfect occasion. On the net I found the Toho Nijo cinema to be the best option, but it was still far from my home, so this sudden discovery saved my day~ Later at home I was checking out the situation of preordering tickets, but you can’t do that without a cell phone and a credit card, so I will have to buy on site.

Loft

Loft

Who could resist such cute things?!

Who could resist such cute things?!

After this I arrived to my destination, the Loft department store. They have all imaginable things there and even more important for me, they have a whole floor just for stationary! OMG! Actually I like stationary shops much more than shopping for clothes and shoes (which I hate), so I spent quite a long time there looking at all the pretties. I could have spent a whole lot of money there, and in the end I couldn’t resist a cute cash book (for booking my purchases) and a very pretty notebook – and I’m quite sure I will buy my calendar for next year here – they had all kinds of character goods there, and I was particularly taken with the Moomin calendars *__*

My cushion <333

My cushion <333


With that I arrived to the floor with the home stuff. I wanted to buy extra sheets, a big cushion for my back when I'm sitting on the bed (and I can't sit anywhere else), a blanket and many thick towels. Overall I found the things there very pricey, not to mention the sheet designs were just ugly (like most of them here, just totally not my taste). The towels and the blankets where all very thin, and just not worth the price. I was already prepared to leave empty-handed, when I discovered a big plush cushion what was just perfect in size and thickness, and it even kept it's form! It was actually the only one suitable for my needs so after contemplating a while I bought it and I'm still very happy with it ^__^

Crepe, wasn't that great

Crepe, wasn’t that great

By the time I got out of the store it started to rain. I quickly got some crepe for dinner (it was full of whip cream so not that great for me unfortunately), and decided to go home, but not before checking out the Sanjo Book Off. The rain came suddenly, and the people weren’t prepared, so everybody was taking shelter in convenience stores, shops and such – and in the Book Off. I haven’t seen such a crowd in a Book Off before: people were standing next to eachother everywhere and they were all reading! It was impossible to even browse the shelves and pass though them, so I decided to leave for now, and rushed home to fetch my laundry. Btw the softener I got was a great choice: everything is very soft and smells great <3 I have to keep the name in mind for the future.

The result

The result


04/21 Sunday
Sunday was uneventful as always. I was cooking lunch: potatoes and zucchini with tomatoes. The end result looked very fun with the yellow zucchini, but I would buy it again any time XD I was washing my hair and I realized I have tons of homework for Monday, so I spent the rest of the day trying to finish all my homework, which was a hopeless case ^^;