05. 16-18. Thursday-Saturday

Fried mushrooms with daikon and egg plant yoghurt salad

Fried mushrooms with daikon and egg plant yoghurt salad

05/16 Thursday
Finally a free morning. I had to cook lunch today, but otherwise it was refreshing not having to go anywhere. Lunch was a bit experimental. I made an eggplant yogurt salad, and since I didn’t know how the yogurt would be, I had no idea if it would work out or not. I also bought real garlic for cooking, and used it in the dish too. All in all the end result was yummy, but totally different than at home. The yogurt isn’t as sour, which is good, and the garlic seems very mild too, though I’m not sure if it’s a good thing – though the salad was great. As for the main dish, I cooked up some mushrooms with bean sprouts, and the experimental part: I added daikon (white radish) too. At home we don’t use daikon for cooking, and I bought it to eat it raw because I like it, but it was so hot, that I got serious stomach aches while and after eating it. What to do, I figured I could use it for making lunch, and it worked out perfectly – very yummy, I will use it in future as well~

New sprouts on the tree

New sprouts on the tree

Must have been a hard-working spider

Must have been a hard-working spider

We got some clouds and strong winds

We got some clouds and strong winds


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Tastes like juice and nothing like milk

Tastes like juice and nothing like milk

Uni itself was just like always. Since I wanted to be home as soon as possible, I just went to the 100 yen store for a few things – new sweets for the next week included. Here at home I thought I should check out the discounts of the supermarkets online, and there I discovered I missed a carrot discount yesterday :( Still, just to take a look I went to the Fresco upwards to get yogurt (for breakfast), and I was seduced by a mini tomato discount, and decided to try the fruits milk. Latter is fine, quite refreshing, but you can hardly taste the milk there, just the fruits – which is good for me as I don’t really like milk XD; After getting rid of the pack at home I left for the grocery shop at Shuugakuin to get some strawberry. Fortunately they had carrots to a better price too, so yay. And like always, the strawberries crowned the day.

Pretty flowers

Pretty flowers

This pic would have been so great without the truck

This pic would have been so great without the truck

05/17 Friday
I was planning to go to Osaka on Sunday, so I thought I should start learning for Monday’s classes, and that’s how I spent the morning. Well, mostly, because I was surfing a bit too, and there I was confronted with another missed exhibition: the 40th Anniversary Versailles no Bara exhibition in Osaka from April 30 to May 13 orz You can think how I felt, it’s just… and AGAIN! *siiiigh* I guess I have to start stalking the sites of all the mangaka I like, because who knows what else I will miss otherwise. Too bad, really, especially now, that I’m here. But who knows, if I really stay here for five years, maybe there will be more chances in future ^^ Anyway, I also discovered via ComiNata, that a magazine, Pen is doing a shoujo manga special with BeruBara on cover. I wanted to check it out before deciding to get it or not, as I could buy more manga for the price of the mag. So I went to the library at KyoDai after my classes, but they don’t carry the mag, on the other hand I found Eureka there with the recent BL special. It a huge wall of text, but I will try to read it later. It would be great to get that mag too, but who knows if I will find it. Btw, which shop carries second-hand magazines? Hm…

Tasting the new sweets: Sesam biscuit - without the sugar coating it would be 100%, now it's just 90% XD

Tasting the new sweets: Sesam biscuit – without the sugar coating it would be 100%, now it’s just 90% XD

Actually my first time having pocky in Japan - I got the thin ones for the more choco; and strawberry choco next to that - wasn't that fond of the latter

Actually my first time having pocky in Japan – I got the thin ones for the more choco; and strawberry choco next to that – wasn’t that fond of the latter

The pocky can even ride in your bag

The pocky can even ride in your bag


My evening snack: huge salted beans!

My evening snack: huge salted beans!

As for Pen, after contemplating it for a while I decided to drop by the 7 Eleven conbini at Shuugakuin, to see if they have it. After reading more about it on the net I was more and more inclined to buy the mag, especially after finding out that Pen was a mag aimed at men! Oh! Now I was wondering how the shoujo special would look like there. The conbini carries the mag and after flipping through the pages I bought it. There are specials from important series, introducing genres, heroines, situations, a timeline and what not, everything with huge, pretty pics. Sure, I guess there won’t be all too much new info for me, but it will be good for building my vocab, as I’m more inclined to start reading this than the thick books I borrowed from the library. All in all, a happy purchase, and just to raid my wallet a bit more, I discovered some other second-hand manga shops, so I will just have to check them out – maybe not next week, but the week after that, as my scholarship will arrive till then~

Epic cover for the Pen special

Epic cover for the Pen special

One page of the BeruBara part, but they  were introducing more series of course

One page of the BeruBara part, but they
were introducing more series of course

Short descriptions by genre - here the sci-fi (11nin Iru! and Himitsu *__*)

Short descriptions by genre – here the sci-fi (11nin Iru! and Himitsu *__*)




Shoujo time line starting from the Sixties, which should be the focus of my research

Shoujo time line starting from the Sixties, which should be the focus of my research

The guy in shoujo - Momo is there~ And of course Ren...

The guy in shoujo – Momo is there~ And of course Ren…

Magazine guide - quite interesting

Magazine guide – quite interesting


Soup with daikon

Soup with daikon

05/18 Saturday
This Saturday I was having a Sunday, because tomorrow I was planning to visit Osaka, so everything I generally do on Sunday had to be moved to Saturday. That means, my day wasn’t that interesting, I was just making a soup, washed my clothes and did my homework for Monday. I really hate those Mondays, because we have tons of homework, and this includes composing longer texts for two classes, which is hard. Composing texts in Japanese is generally hard, and it takes a lot of time, not to mention we have to write it by hand, which is strange in the 21th century – and all the more tiring. Sure, it’s useful for the future, but I hate that I have to spend my weekends with that, and that there are even two classes like that on Monday ><

In other news I experimented again. I still had a lot of the too hot radish left, and since it tasted like kohlrabi in the main dish I made a few days ago, I thought I could add the rest to the soup I was making. I had a feeling the radish would behave like a kohlrabi in the soup, and it was indeed like that! The end result was delicious, and from the taste and texture you can hardly tell it’s not kohlrabi in the soup. I actually had no idea these two vegetables were so similar, but a useful discovery, as daikon is cheap here, and it makes the soup more rich – yay~

The rest of the evening was spent with preparations for tomorrow’s trip, like checking out public transportation and making a detailed plan for the great adventure.

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