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…
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…
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!
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~
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.