On my free day I had a task: I had to use the coupon I received the last time at the Horikawa Book Off. It was a unique coupon, because you could get all books for half the price, but the trick of that shop is, that the two floors are operating different cashiers, so I had to decide beforehand where I want to use the coupon. Anyway, I didn’t want to spend the day just with that (though I was sure it would take a huge part of it), so I decided to watch the Aoi Matsuri that took place that day.
The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three big festivals in Kyoto, and one of the oldest and biggest ones in Japan. A lot of people are walking down the road during the procession, all dressed in beautiful Heian costumes – I love that period and those clothes~ The procession proceeds from the Imperial Palace and goes very slowly up to the Kamigamo Shrine, but stops at the Shimogamo Shrine around midday. That was the place I decided to watch the procession – in the sheltering shadow of the trees, as it was burning hot that day too. There was a huge crowd of course, but you could catch some good places to watch. I was making a video for my parents, hence the less photos. Sure, there are other parts of the festival as well, even before this day, but for me it was enough for now, as I had other things to do.
First I got something to eat and drink from a mini Fresco, as I had to stand around quite long while waiting for the parade. To my surprise I found cereal bars there! OMG! I already thought they didn’t exist in Japan at all, but there they were. I was getting that of course, and I have to say, it was delicious, though a bit expensive. It costs 128 yen, and you can get more filling things for that money already, but it’s a good thing once in a while. I have to note that I couldn’t find these cereal bars at the Frescos near my home since then, which is a bit sad :(
After that I went to the shopping district at the Shijou street – again, I was with the all-day bus pass. I went to Matsuontoko for lunch, and unsurprisingly it was delicious again. I have no idea how they do it, but these fake meats taste really good. First I was a bit afraid after reading that today’s menu was takorice, because for me tako = animal, but the waitress assured me everything was vegan there, so yay. I really like trying their stuff, and there’s still more on the menu~
My main purpose for coming to Shijou was to get a few things I was kinda dreaming about for weeks. Before, when I was checking out the expensive department stores I found a Nakahara Junichi corner at the stationary part of Takashimaya. It’s just wow, notes, clearfiles and whatnot, all with gorgeous illustrations of Nakahara Junichi. That time I didn’t get anything, because I didn’t _need_ anything to use, but later I decided to get at least a clearfile, just… because. And I could use it too. So this was the day, and first I almost thought I messed up and it was only a temporary corner, as I couldn’t see them, but fortunately it was not the case. The reason for the change was a special event going on for the 30th anniversary of Dayan the cat. They had all the merchandise you can imagine for Dayan, and they were soooooo cute! But I resisted the urge to get more junk I wouldn’t use anyway, just for the sake of cute. Sure chara merch is not cheap, but you can afford it, so I’m very envious of those who can use such pretty things all along during their school years – or anime goods. Anyway, I got my clearfile, and I was dangerously eyeing the notes too, but resisted in the end. Takashimaya is a high-end store, so the packing proved that too – my file was put in a pretty paper bag, and when they saw I had no regular bag to put it in, I got a big paper bag too ^^; Although I was hurrying to the next location I stopped at one of the galleries, and saw some amazing paintings just out of a picture book. I quickly took notes of the names so I could look them up later, and they are indeed great – especially Yokoyama Maya, Fujishiro Seiji, but they had pics from Kiromelo and the Fujiyoshi Brothers as well.
After this I went back to Animate, because I wanted to check out if they had Nakamura Asumiko’s B no Gekijou and the Animate only box for both volumes. They had them, but I still couldn’t decide to buy them, because it would be over 5000 yen altogether. But in the end I will have to get it, because it won’t show up at Book Off – or if yes, in a state I wouldn’t want to anymore, because these are collector items, not just regular comics. Instead I got some merchandise, and I think it must be fate that it was for the Kimi to Boku series – the same series I ordered manga from Japan to for the first time in my life many years ago, even before the series actually became popular. Still, what I’m still missing is a phone strap. I still don’t have any, because none of the available ones really caught my interest… hm… Actually in the evening I saw a Natsume Yuujinchou gacha machine in front of a conbini, but I my bus was just coming, when I noticed it, so I couldn’t try it. I thought, that one could be okay as a phone strap.
With that I left for the bus, but before that I got taiyaki at another shop again. This time I decided to try something else, but they had only one other sort, and from the kanji I had no idea what it was. I asked the guy there, but he just said the same thing that was written there, so I couldn’t get any further, so I took the risk and got that ^^; Fortunately there was no animal in it, but it took me a while to realize what it was: some kind of a maron paste! It was delicious, and I will get some more of that in future as well, but I still have no idea what it’s called in Japanese XD;
My last station was the Horikawa Book Off, where I spent hours with first checking out what they have, deciding on which floor to use the coupon, and then actually taking the stuff. From the number of the books it could be I was getting less than in the discounts over the Golden Week, but I decided to use the coupon for more expensive books, so yeah. Sure, you can always buy more, but I think this was enough for now and I was already feeling guilty for buying so much again after the shopping spree during Golden Week. Not to mention I will be here for five years hopefully, so I don’t have to buy the whole shop in the first two months XD; With that I headed home by bus, which was slow of course, so I got home pretty late in the evening after a busy day.