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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 *__*
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.
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 :/
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.