05. 25. Saturday

...and the insides

…and the insides

Creampan...

Creampan…

05/25 Saturday
This day I decided to go to the shopping district. The reason was, I had to find a Mitsui Sumitomo Bank to pay the airport tax, and I didn’t find any closer. Later it turned out there were closer ones, but oh well. The tax issue was strange too, because I didn’t get the first mail from the Foreign Student Division about it, and when the reminder mail arrived, it almost made you feel like a criminal for not paying the tax yet ^^; Actually I think this is because their English isn’t that great, but still. Not to mention the mail system of the FSD or KyoDai is horrible, there are more mails I didn’t get, and I’m not the only one.

Miso katsu

Miso katsu

Anyway, before going to town I went to the Fresco at Shuugakuin and got some strawberries at the other shop – and a creampan for breakfast~ Then I hurried to the shopping district, because I wanted to have lunch at Matsuontoko. The lunch menu was miso katsu with fake meat of course, brown rice, salad with a great sauce and pumpkin cream soup – yay~ I just love it~ After eating I went to look for the bank and found it too, but yeah, it was Saturday, so there were no windows open. Somehow I thought Saturday would be safe, but well. Sure, the ATMs were there, and with small transfers it’s always via ATM, but without help I had no idea which button to push.

My other objective was doujinshi shopping. After my trip to Osaka I just couldn’t accept the fact that a big town like Kyoto doesn’t have any place for second-hand DJ shopping. I was searching through the net and found one in the shopping district and few days later I found another one while I was flipping through Animate’s magazine, the second-hand shop Lashinbang, so I wanted to look for both. On the way back I took a detour to the Daimaru department store to check out how it is like. Well, it’s another high-end store, but just like the others, it’s full of people. I was actually looking for a jewelry box, and saw some too, but for ridiculous prices.

The Nishiki Food Market was crowded...

The Nishiki Food Market was crowded…

After a round I wanted to get out and continue my search, but I had no idea where I entered the store, and when I got out I had no idea where I was XD; I just went in the direction that made sense and soon I found myself at the famed Nishiki Food Market. Well, I for my part wasn’t really impressed, and I can say, I won’t go back there ever, if I don’t have to, because it’s narrow, full of tourists and a constant fish stench. Due to the latter I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but everybody else was walking very slowly and nearly impossible to pass by. The only interesting thing was a shop there they were in the process of making mochi in a huge wooden bowl and wooden hammer.

So many pretty stones~

So many pretty stones~

There was a demonstration at the shopping district - it was against North Korea, pachinko and what not

There was a demonstration at the shopping district – it was against North Korea, pachinko and what not

When I finally got back to the usual shopping arcades, I looked for the shop I found online, but the thing was… it wasn’t anywhere. I checked the street view beforehand, so I knew what to look for, but it just wasn’t there… Later at home I checked the net again, and it turned out the shop closed doors at the end of 2012 – too bad… While I was in the area I dropped by the Loft department store to check out the jewelry box situation. I didn’t see any, but I remembered maybe I should look around the Uniqlo there to see if I can find some clothes – mainly pants. It turned out Uniqlo was having huge discounts, so I came at the right time. Since Uniqlo is probably the only store to have plain black clothes it was a chance I couldn’t pass upon. I found some great tops, and I decided to try on one of the pants that seemed okay from the length and material (I’m very picky there).

Actually during all the looking around I became conscious of guy, who seemed to be there at every shelf and corner of the shop where I was going. Actually I noticed him in the household goods part of Loft already, but it wasn’t suspicious then, but at Uniqlo it was already clear, I’m being followed orz Sure, I have read about it before, and even the school guide books warned us about such things, but I still, I was hoping it wouldn’t happen to me. I took my time with looking around as everything was new to me and there was a huge crowd in the store, but the guy didn’t seem to give up – it was really unpleasant and a bit scary too. Actually he was really standing out too, because it was the female clothing floor, and there were only a few guys with their wives or girlfriends, while he was alone. That disgusting pig of a stalker! Due to the crowd there was a long line in front of the fitting rooms, and that was my luck. It took a long time till I got in and out, and fortunately that pig gave up during that. If he was still there following me, I would have informed the store, the security or whoever, and wouldn’t have left the store while he was there. It’s no joke, really. Ever since then I’m not wearing the top I had on either – it has a very low neckline (though not really revealing), so maybe that’s what attracted that pig. I noticed that female clothing is quite different in Japan than in Europe, and I don’t just mean the very frilly, girly, childlike fashion. In Japan the tops are very uptight with generally high necklines showing nearly nothing of the décolletage, while they are showing their legs all the time wearing waaaaaay too short skirts. Really, those miniskirts wouldn’t be acceptable in Hungary at all. Not to mention I don’t really get it either, because the short Japanese women have short legs, so showing them off is not that great… Hm… Anyway, while I my tops aren’t provocative, the necklines might be considered quite daring sometimes, which is just ridiculous :/

So back to the shopping. It turned out that in Japan my size will be M – already thought so, because the Japanese sizing fits the smaller Japanese bodies, so bye-bye S size. With the tops it was okay too, but it seems I won’t be able to find fitting pants here. L is too big (especially around the waist), and while M fits, it feels quite small and uncomfortable. I need to either lose some weight (which isn’t very likely nor I do I want to) or I won’t get here any pants. We will see, but at least I got some good tops.

Apple and calorie off~

Apple and calorie off~

Cake plate~

Cake plate~

After shopping I was quite tired already, and hungry too, so I went to a Tully’s Coffee and got a cake set with ice coffee – yummy~ I really needed this. The café was quite crowded, but then I noticed one of my classmates from the language school there with whom we are generally sitting next to eachother – it was a huge coincidence, because well, just what are the chances to accidentally find someone you know at a random café in the huge shopping district XD; Anyway, after eating up I left her alone to study, and I headed to the Lashinbang in hopes to find one shop for second-hand DJ in Kyoto. It wasn’t easy, but I found it, and it’s a great shop, albeit small. The pricing for the DJs isn’t as great as at Meikido, so I doubt I will use them too much for that, but they have second-hand manga and merch stuff as well! The price range for manga is between 200 and 400 and they have a small box with stuff for 100. While I won’t buy much from the 400 yen manga, you can always find some great stuff there. I even got a point card there, so I will be back for sure~

Hydrangeas on the way

Hydrangeas on the way

The second demo I saw that day - a different one, this was for Okinawa

The second demo I saw that day – a different one, this was for Okinawa


After that I dropped by the Manga Museum, but it was late, so I was just checking out the shop. They have nice stuff, but not cheap of course, so one day… On the way I saw a lot of hydrangea which just started to bloom, so I knew I have to come back soon if I wanted to see the pretty flowers.

More hydrangeas on the way

More hydrangeas on the way

Just the riverside

Just the riverside

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05. 20-24. Monday-Friday

Sorry about the long break! Actually we’re in the exam period this month, though here it doesn’t mean there are no classes, so my life has been quite busy with presentations, tests, and I even have some work to do. Well, it won’t be over for the rest of the month, so I won’t be free till August. As for blogging, today soon I will finish May (yeah, I know ^^;), and after writing up a few days I will have pre-written stuff, so it will be faster~

My lunch~

My lunch~

05/20 Monday
After the intense Osaka trip I was totally exhausted, so it was pretty much clear I would skip my first class on Monday. Well, it’s not that important anyway, I take it for the sake of practice. But even with skipping one period, I was half-dead the whole day ^^; The weather was fine again, but there were still some clouds sitting on the mountains. This time I couldn’t take good photos, but I will post some later, it’s breathtaking every time I see it. Actually the reason for this phenomenon is that Kyoto is like 1000 meters above sea level and surrounded by even higher mountains, so yeah, the clouds are closer. And this is also the reason for the too strong sun and the hellish temperatures orz

Too bad it was a bit sweet, because otherwise it was great with all the seeds

Too bad it was a bit sweet, because otherwise it was great with all the seeds

This one was my best buys here - tastes like choco cookie ice cream~

This one was my best buys here – tastes like choco cookie ice cream~

Anyway, this was the first time I brought lunch to the uni. I didn’t have rice anymore, so I dropped by the bakery at Demachiyanagi to get breakfast and to see if they have something not sweet to go with my lunch. I picked some kind of a bun with five different seeds which I thought definitely wouldn’t be sweet – well, I was ^^; Though not as much as others, and it was very yummy, so it’s okay. And today I dared to use the microwave at the conbini on the school grounds for the first time too, and it was all fine :D Sure, I’m also buying something along with it, but I have seen others just using the microwave without anything else, so I guess it’s okay.

My lunch with the bread - it was even shaped like a normal bread

My lunch with the bread – it was even shaped like a normal bread

05/21 Tuesday
On Tuesday I just made some eggs with mushrooms for lunch. The most interesting was, that the day before I found a bread at Fresco that looked quite normal, it even had some seeds in there. It turned out that the bread was still white, but at least more edible, than any of the horrible Japanese shokupan. I was still quite dead from my Osaka trip, so I couldn’t really read all the stuff that was needed for the Seika seminar, but in the end we did something else. We watched the beginning of Leni Riefenstahl’s signature movie and parts of a documentary about her – it was very interesting.

It has some kind of a sauce at the bottom too

It has some kind of a sauce at the bottom too

Yakipurin~

Yakipurin~

After my class I had to go shopping again. I was hungry for some sweet dessert, but well, Japan isn’t great in dairy products, not to mention all their puddings contain gelatin, which is generally made from pig bones, so yeah… But you know what, there was just one type, that didn’t list gelatin as an ingredient! I spent a lot of time deciphering the content, and it looked safe to try – which I did at home too. Actually, I still think that yakipurin might be safe: the consistency isn’t as firm as in other Japanese puddings and it strongly tastes as egg white, which can have the same stabilizing function. So yeah, there might be one cool sweets I can eat in Japan ^^;

I always wanted to try this!

I always wanted to try this!

Because... mushrooms!

Because… mushrooms!

In the end I liked these choco almonds even more than the mushrooms/

In the end I liked these choco almonds even more than the mushrooms~


Indeed a giant!

Indeed a giant! There is a type with cookies and one with choco ice cream, but this is the best

And delicious! There are huge choco parts in the cone as well!

And delicious! There are huge choco parts in the cone as well!

05/22 Wednesday
Shopping again. Yeah, these one-day-discounts are literally killing me here, because sometimes you need to go shopping every single day. Anyway, first I went to the Takaragaike Fresco, but unfortunately other than the discounted stuff I wanted, I couldn’t even get fruits – the discounted bananas were already gone too. It was very hot, so I decided to get ice cream, and there was a three piece discount, so got even three XD After coming home I tried it too, and it’s the best – ever since then I’m only buying this ice cream *__* Since I had to get some stuff at the 100 yen shop, I went to Shuugakuin. At the other Fresco I got the banana, and the other grocery shop strawberries and apples~~~ Finally, I was hungry for some apples already! All in all, way too much running around, but I got everything I needed.

Photos are deceiving, that thing was big

Photos are deceiving, that thing was big

Aside from the shoppings I was just studying and the day could have ended like that as well. But then, while I was talking to my parents via Skype, I noticed a huge centipede crawling above my door!!! OMG! It was a shock, because it was so long – more than 10 cm for sure! Generally I don’t like killing animals, even such as this, but I won’t let a huge centipede crawl around in my room. So I tried to hit it to death, but it was just falling down (scary!) and ran under the door, and we started a hide and seek. In the end I could drive it away, but yeah, it didn’t make me feel secure… -_- After that I read up on the net about mukade, the Japanese centipede (mine wasn’t it, fortunately), and since then I was having nightmares about mukade at least twice ^^;;;;

Pasta with a broccoli cream sauce

Pasta with a broccoli cream sauce

Yumm~

Yumm~

05/23-24 Thursday-Friday
Nothing special, really, just going to classes. On Friday I was cooking, and I decided to make something more expensive: a sauce with broccoli and cream – yeah, cream is very expensive here, and while it’s rich on fat, the consistence is way too liquid. Anyway, I was craving something like this so I made it, and it was yummy *__* Won’t have it too often, but sometimes I just can’t help it ^^