06. 11. Tuesday

06/11 Tuesday
I’m having a bit of a bad mood because I’m fed up with the constant heat (over 35 °C every day), but it’s not like it will change any soon, so yeah :/ Anyway, back to June, where it started to be this hot – seriously, it had been two month with these temperatures and it’s enough already :(

My first ramen *__*

My first ramen *__*

So on Tuesday back then we didn’t have the seminar at Seika, so I had a free afternoon. I was planning on going to the Nijo castle and watch a movie there, so I didn’t want to waste time with bringing my stuff home, eat there and go back to town. Instead I decided to try Café Proverbs at Hyakumanben. After my class I met the German girl and in the end we went together. Café Proverbs is great, and I’m sure I will eat there in future as well! They have a lot of different types of food and four types of lunch menus changing every day~ Not to mention the food tastes amazing too! This time I choose the ramen lunch, simply because I never had the change to try ramen before, and without Café Proverbs I wouldn’t even get the chance ever. Ramen is hard to eat (you know, long noodles with chopsticks ^^;), but it was a great experience~

The Nijo Station

The Nijo Station

Satisfied with my lunch I headed to the Nijo station by bus to start my afternoon program. While I was waiting for my bus an old woman asked me if I was American and threw at me some scornful glances. I told her I was European, and was glad my bus arrived, as it wasn’t a great feeling. Sure, the lady was one of the evil type, because was eying me and another young Japanese girl at the bus stop before she talked to me. Her glances were telling how disgraceful she’s finding the girls revealing clothes, so yeah. Fortunately I don’t really meet such people – or at least others don’t show it, even if they are thinking like this. Sure, old guys are generally rude, but it’s because they think the world revolves around them, and old ladies are generally quite sweet.

A tree along the way

A tree along the way

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

After arriving to Nijo I was surprised to find a bigger station there – I wasn’t aware. First I went to look for the cinema to secure my ticket for the movie, Shinkai Makoto’s Kotonoha no Niwa. The cinema is in a smaller plaza, and I got my ticket too – from a machine ^^; When I saw that I have to buy the ticket from a machine, I was scared at first, but there were English instructions as well, fortunately. Still, I was looking twice what options I was pushing, because you know, it’s easy to mess up with a machine even in your mother tongue. I secured my ticket, and since there was a lot of time, I headed to the Nijo castle. It’s actually quite a walk from the Nijo Station, and it was no good feeling under the blazing sun, but it turned out to be even worse later.

This is already part of the castle

This is already part of the castle

The entrance

The entrance

The entrance of the  Ninomaru castle

The entrance of the Ninomaru castle

I got my ticket and I went to the castle itself first. It was not possible to make photos inside, and they protect it a lot too by having shades all over and having people take off their shoes before going in. The Nijo castle is a bit tattered, and they still need to spend a lot of money on renovating it. I haven’t seen such a thing anywhere else so far, but they are also raising funds for that purpose. The castle looks very interesting with some amazing painted walls and cravings. Especially the cravings were breathtaking for me. There were a lot of tourists by the way, and mainly domestic ones, including a lot of elementary and middle schoolers. Kids are honest, and I guess they haven’t really seen white people before, because I was very interesting for them. Though the kids didn’t mean any harm, after the bad experience with the old lady today this wasn’t exactly pleasant either, but what can you do ^^;

The castle from the outside

The castle from the outside

The first lake

The first lake

The entrance to the garden from the other side

The entrance to the garden from the other side


Garden 1.

Garden 1.

Garden 2.

Garden 2.

Garden 3.

Garden 3.


After the castle I took a look at the garden, and it was beautiful! Nothing was blooming anymore, but even like this it was worth, and I’m sure it’s even better in other seasons. There are the ruins of the original castle too, and from there you can get a wonderful view of the surroundings. I saw bees, plum trees, small lakes, it’s was great – albeit too hot, and I was majorly suffering there under the blazing sun. As for my parasol, I was using it sometimes, but there was a strong wind, not to mention it’s very hard to take photos with a parasol in one hand…

Probably the Honmaru castle

Probably the Honmaru castle

The view

The view

Wondering which Daimonji that was in the background, but I don't remember anymore

Wondering which Daimonji that was in the background, but I don’t remember anymore


View of the inner bridge

View of the inner bridge

View of the buildings

View of the buildings

Another bridge

Another bridge


Way in the garden

Way in the garden

Plum with fruits on the ground

Plum with fruits on the ground

The second lake

The second lake


A shrine back on the way

A shrine back on the way

Cafe with cake

Cafe with cake

After the castle visit I still had a lot of time, and I was considering what to do. I wanted to go to Nitori for more boxes and summer bedding, and played with the thought of going to the Horikawa Book Off, but in the end I wouldn’t have made it back in time for the movie, so I went to the plaza, looked around a bit, and spent the rest of my time at a café reading on my tablet. Then it was time for the movie, and we even got a post card at the entry. The movie itself was great. Actually there was a short at the start, Dareka no Manazashi, and it’s Shinkai Makoto at his best about family bonds and love. It’s very touching, even the Japanese next to me were sipping. Then the main movie, Kotonoha no Niwa. After the fantasy excursus Shinkai returned to what he does best: real, human stories with strong feeling tinted with melancholy. The movie itself is short too, but it was enough for this story, and the visuals are superb like always. Although the movie was available for DL already, I was glad I watched it on the big screen~

Can't leave the Hydrangeas alone

Can’t leave the Hydrangeas alone

After the movie I took the bus for Nitori. My current bedding was starting to feel very hot, despite me running the aircon all night. I was considering to buy some cooling sheets, but in the end I decided to just get a thin blanket. I also got some more boxes, and looked around if they have anything else – maybe jewelry boxes, and I was lucky! I was hunting for one in vain for weeks already, but here they indeed had ones, and I could find an ideal one for a good price~~~ My luggage was huge after this stop, so I could forget going to the Book Off after this, but I was tired too, so I didn’t even mind it all that much. With this the busy day ended, but I knew it would continue tomorrow.

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06. 07-10. Friday-Monday

Cookie with five different seeds - yumm~

Cookie with five different seeds – yumm~

Pörkölt with eggs and the rye bread

Pörkölt with eggs and the rye bread

06/07 Friday
Before my classes I made lunch, said egg goulash with mayo corn and the rye bread. It was a delight to eat normal bread again~ After my classes I decided to walk down to the shopping district, because I didn’t want to miss the Hydrangeas in full blossom. This time I was walking on the left side of the river, more exactly all along the Higashioji-dori, because I was hoping to find some shadow there. Then I remembered the place where I ate crepe after visiting the Heian Shrine, and since I felt like eating it again, I dropped by. Surprisingly I managed to find out immediately :D It was hard to pick one, but I tried the almond-choco one and it was yummy – full of almond *__*

A temple on the way

A temple on the way

The crepe had tons of sliced almonds *__*

The crepe had tons of sliced almonds *__*

Oike-dori has a lot of Hydrangeas

Oike-dori has a lot of Hydrangeas


On the way I saw many shrines and temples, but it’s almost not surprising anymore. As expected, the Hydrangeas blossomed beautifully over the past week and these blues ones are just gorgeous. If I remember right the Hydrangea at my grandma’s garden was light pink, and the blue was is completely unknown in my country. I saw some rebel flowers with a different color like violet or pink, and there seem to be more types too. I got some manga and DJs, and tried a Magi gacha this time, when I was searching for the Nakamura Asumiko limited box at Animate (this time in vain too). After this I decided to walk home along the riverbank of Kamogawa. It was really great and refreshing in the hot temperatures, and I saw a lot of different birds like ducks, eagles or cranes.

Close-up

Close-up

Pink Hydrangeas

Pink Hydrangeas

The riverside

The riverside


A small bridge

A small bridge

These are actually all eagles

These are actually all eagles

A shrine at Demachiyanagi

A shrine at Demachiyanagi


Today's soup

Today’s soup

06/08-09 Saturday-Sunday
On Saturday I had to make a soup – I decided on the mushroom & peas one, because I just love this combination. Then I went to Seika to read a bit, and to collect a few papers, but they had open campus, so it was only a half success. On the way home I got a few volumes of manga at Book Off (someone stop me from wasting so much money!!!). When I was there I decided to check out the surroundings of Takaragaike – meaning the actual lake this time.

The magazines at Seika

The magazines at Seika

Sculptures at Seika

Sculptures at Seika

I have read you can observe fireflies in the first half of June there, but I wanted to check out the location before going out in the evening. The sun was merciless and it was so hot, but it was still worth – the nature is pretty there, and quite big too. To tell the truth I just couldn’t find the time to hunt for the fireflies later, but it was still worth going, and I can always try next year. On the way home I saw another strange-behaving crow. This time there were others as well, and it looked like they were there standing by their mate who wasn’t able to fly. It was very interesting.

Kyoto International Conference Center

Kyoto International Conference Center

Pretty trees

Pretty trees

Takaragaike

Takaragaike


Fishes and turtles are living there

Fishes and turtles are living there

The lake

The lake

View from the park

View from the park


The insect and it's skin

The insect and it’s skin

My Sunday was nothing special, just the obligatory rounds at home with studying and washing my hair and stuff. The only interesting this was the insect on my door, which shed off its skin and spent a long time just standing next to it – hm…

No idea what it is, but it's beautiful

No idea what it is, but it’s beautiful

06/10 Monday
Since I stayed up to read manga very long the day before, it was clear I wouldn’t manage the first class today – and I skipped too. In fact I had to prepare so many things, like organizing not too heavy bags and lunch, that I was almost too late to the second class. I was almost running from Mototanaka. Actually it’s the second to last station, and while the distance to KyoDai is the same as from Demachiyanagi, if you start to walk earlier, you arrive earlier too. I only took a pass to Demachiyanagi, because it’s more convenient, if you wanna go to town, but if you’re in a hurry it’s good that you can get off sooner as well. The day went buy, but I couldn’t really bear it. After classes we went to signs some papers to the Foreign Student Division, and get the results of the health check – all green, of course.

Vanilla-white choco cookies

Vanilla-white choco cookies

Sunflower seed choco

Sunflower seed choco

After this I went to the 100 yen shop at Hyakumanben, because I needed some new stuff and they had the “11th is for free” discount today. I got one more box for food and the thermobag in which I can carry my lunch to KyoDai on Mondays – very useful. Got more towels, a hanger and a basket for carrying my laundry too – and of course new sweets! I’m especially fond of the choco sunflower seeds, the only backside is, you just can’t stop eating it XD The white cookie bars aren’t bad either, but I had to realize once again, that I like choco better XD; The other two things will be introduced when I try them. Other than that, nothing special, I had a headache, probably due to the lack of sleep, so I was pretty useless in the evening.

06. 03-06. Monday-Thursday

Conbini croissant

Conbini croissant

06/03 Monday
The ever so long Monday. Since I was hungry, I got a choco croissant at the conbini on the school grounds. It was okay, but yeah, nothing beats the freshly baked ones. For lunch I got my usual milk coffee, and discovered and interesting snack, a combination of cereals, dried fruits and white choco. Of course I had to get it, since real cereal bars are so rare here, and it was delicious~ I can only recommend it for a rich snack.

Cereal choco~

Cereal choco~

The day was long, but after that I headed back to yesterday’s drug store. Actually the day before I was checking out some skin creams, because mine from home was just running out. But the skin care situation is horrible in Japan – at least for me, as I like things to be fast and simple. And here they have like 5-6 products instead of one cream, and all of them expensive. Still, I discovered one product, a gel type of cream, that advertised itself as combining 5 products in one – the thing I need. Still, I couldn’t buy it just like that, so I looked it up on the net, and since it looked okay, I bought it today. Well, since I’m constantly using sunblockers it’s not like I have been able to use the cream regularly, but it seems okay – though I’m sure I will bring skin cream with me from home if I get the chance again. After this I was just trying to read for next day’s Seika class.

I saw this tree on my way to Demachiyanagi and liked it a lot

I saw this tree on my way to Demachiyanagi and liked it a lot

On the wall of the washroom at Seika

On the wall of the washroom at Seika

06/04 Tuesday
This day was nothing special except for the regular classes. I was very exhausted at the end of the Seika seminar, so I just hurried home. The only new thing was my route home. There was a route I wanted to see where it leads. I followed it, and ended up at a less used bridge over this part of the river – it’s pretty and not noisy either, despite the heavy traffic not too far. I took some photos, and followed the road home.

The view from the newly discovered bridge

The view from the newly discovered bridge

And the south side

And the south side


The poster of the exhibition

The poster of the exhibition

06/05 Wednesday
In the morning I went to the supermarket, but after lunch I had somewhere to go. Before I discovered an exhibition I was interested in, so I visited it with a girl from the same Seika seminar on my free day. It was an exhibition from the works the illustrator Katou Masao, who was an important artist of the Taisho and early Showa eras. I have never heard of him before, but seeing a few images in the ad of the exhibition I was taken immediately. He was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and his pictures are dreamy, so I just had to visit this exhibition, especially since the pre-war girl magazines are important in the development in girls’ comics as well. The exhibition was at the gallery is Isetan in the building of Kyoto Station, and we were going by bus (206), as it was the easiest and cheapest way. The exhibition was amazing, there were tons of illustrations, and even books and magazines from his time, and finally some works by other important artists from his time, like Yumeji Takehisa, Tabatake Kashou, Kobayashi Kaichi, Takahashi Haruka and a bit from Nakahara Junichi as well. While seeing those amazing images I had to realize, just how many great there are in Japan, who are completely unknown in the West. I have only heard of Nakahara Junichi and Tabatake Kashou before, and it’s just too bad. I would really love to dive into the world of these artists if I had the time. Maybe I can even tie it in to my research somehow~ Anyway, I got the booklet of the event in the end, so I have some basic information in my hands. At the shop I experienced another example of the Japanese wasteful packaging. The booklet originally wrapped was put in a small bag, and when they saw I don’t have anything to put it into, they put it in a huge paper bag as well ^^;

This was my first time seeing Hydrangea aspera

This was my first time seeing Hydrangea aspera

Refreshing orange with the sparkles

Refreshing orange with the sparkles

After this I had some shoppings to do, so first I went to Avanti to get a Western-type plate for soup and a small plate. I found them at Daiso, but the color was different, so I was thinking about it for a while, but since I didn’t see suck plates anywhere else, so IK got them. I also checked out the local Animate for Nakamura Asumiko’s book, but they don’t even carry A4 books… Shortly after I said good-bye to my fellow exhibition-goer, and headed to Aeon Mall to the other Daiso for a mop – strange that one Daiso doesn’t have any plates, the other doesn’t have mops – hm… This time I was seduced for the first time to buy a gacha from the machine: a Nyanko-sensei :D Gacha are really addictive though, and later I started to collect other things as well, but yeah, I will restrain myself, because getting duplicates just isn’t fun.

One of the gacha rows at Aeon Mall

One of the gacha rows at Aeon Mall

My first gacha

My first gacha

I got a drunk Nyanko-sensei XD

I got a drunk Nyanko-sensei XD


As you can tell I love taking photos of Hydrangea

As you can tell I love taking photos of Hydrangea

My lamb mascot dressed up as a frog o_O

My lamb mascot dressed up as a frog o_O

I had another reward for myself that day. Previously I was eying the amethyst pendants at Stone Market, and in the end I got myself one :D I guess that’s where I will get myself a b-day present next year as well, because it seems they will have fitting rings for me too – we will see. After this I got some manga at the Toji Book Off of course, and I headed home in the evening. I was a nice day~


I still have no idea what this is, but it's pretty

I still have no idea what this is, but it’s pretty

06/06 Thursday
The free morning was much needed. After my classes ended in the afternoon, I went for hunting for _real_ bread. When we went to Falafel Garden with my professor and fellow students, I got a lot of tips from them, where what to buy – among them rye bread. Since I wanted to make egg goulash again, I needed bread to that, but not that inedible shokupan. One of the bread selling places is at Chayama, so I went to search for it.


The strange building of the university

The strange building of the university

Pastry with choco, almonds, filled with cream

Pastry with choco, almonds, filled with cream

*__*

*__*


The bread - only 250 g, but better than nothing

The bread – only 250 g, but better than nothing

This was actually the first time I was getting off the train at another station, but it does indeed work like that. The bakery was a bit further away at Shirakawa-dori near the Kyoto University of Art and Design. It wasn’t easy at first, but in the end I managed to find the bakery and they had the rye bread. Of course it’s not cheap, but it’s worth. The bakery is generally on the expensive side, but I couldn’t resist and tried one of their pastries~ After that I dropped by Comic Storm and got some manga too.

05. 30-06. 02. Thursday to Sunday

Falafel plate

Falafel plate

05/30 Thursday
Rounding up May in this post and finally proceeding~
Since I have mornings free on Thursdays, I decided to visit the Sanjo Bookoff to finally be able to use the coupon I had. I walked down from Demachiyanagi to save costs, because I knew I would need to come back in the weekend as well, and finally I could look around freely without having to fight my way through reading Japanese crowds. I don’t really like The Sanjo store, because the books tend to be worn out, but I found a few things and you know what, even while being there I got another coupon of 50 yen discount :D

It was still rainy :(

It was still rainy :(

Mint chocos *__*

Mint chocos *__*

Shopping took time like always, and since I wanted to have lunch too, I had to take the train if I wanted to make it for my class at 13. I went back to Falafel Garden for food, and took the falafel plate. It was rich and filling, and I just love their juicy falafel~ Satisfied I went to my classes, and except for buying some delicious mint choco at the 100 yen shop that actually was it for today. The previous day took out a lot of me, so I needed some rest today.

Paprikás újkrumpli with cucumbers~

Paprikás újkrumpli with cucumbers~

Another big bug

Another big bug

05/31 Friday
Friday was also quite eventless. I went to the supermarket, and I was seduced by the pumpkin discount there. I was really craving some pumpkin cream soup already, but you know, cream is very expensive here and I didn’t even have a blender for making it. Despite that I caved in, and figured that maybe I could manage with a masher too. So after my classes I headed to the 100 yen shop for a masher among others, and I couldn’t wait to try making a soup with it tomorrow.

A different type of pudding, but I didn't like it much

A different type of pudding, but I didn’t like it much

The choco cookies were okay

The choco cookies were okay

06/01 Saturday
Finally going into June with blogging~ Saturday was a bit busy, because there was a mini symposium at the Manga Museum in the afternoon. After lunch I headed for the museum, but I had a slow day and was tight on time. Still, I didn’t want to go without taking a look at the hydrangea that were already blooming after the last time. I was quickly shooting a few pics and hurried to the museum.

Mochi in my taiyaki?! o_O

Mochi in my taiyaki?! o_O

The symposium this time was in English and about mahout shoujo. Coincidentally I was supposed to write an article for August issue of Mondo about the genre, so I was wondering if I would hear about findings I didn’t know before. The event lasted till closing time, but even after that I went back to the shopping area to get some manga and DJs at Lashinbang, and taiyaki to eat. The taiyaki this time had white azuki and even a mocha in it o_O I went to Anmimate as well, because I wanted to get Nakamura Asumiko’s A and B no Gekijou with the Animate-only box, but they didn1t have it anymore. If I’m buying collector items, then with a box, so I didn’t get the books hoping they would get the box version again. Anyway, the day was tiring, so I hurried home after all this.

And now ajisai spam:

These were gorgeous~

These were gorgeous~

Close-up

Close-up

These were still on the way

These were still on the way



Pumpkin cream soup

Pumpkin cream soup

06/02 Sunday
My typical lazy Sunday. I had to run to the supermarket for a discount and had get shampoo at the drug store, as mine from home was running out. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which one to buy, but since I had no better idea I took the same one as mine, the golden Dove, though I knew it wouldn’t be the same in the end. And yeah, it’s totally different: different fragrance, different effect on the hair. It’s actually not bad, but it makes me wonder if they put some straightening stuff in it, Sure, it’s not like I have an extremely wavy hair, but ever since using this shampoo it’s less wavy… Hm… I don’t like that. And it seems to be a general trend, but why did the normal/dry/etc types of shampoos disappear?! Now we have all these uncertain categories… As of August this shampoo is starting to run out too, and to be honest, I have no idea if I should try something else, even from Dove’s line. Because it’s not bad, and who knows, maybe the others are even worse – on the other hand I like my hair to have a bit more volume. Hm…

Bunapi with p-man

Bunapi with p-man


Otherwise I finally made my pumpkin cream soup~~~ I was using the small masher I bought, and while it’s not perfect, it made happy to be able to eat this~ Having only one gas burner is a real pain, because you can’t do things parallel, so at least a good thing my main dish was fast to prepare. Still, due to that and the shopping I had quite a late lunch… Otherwise just studying for Monday.

05. 29. Wednesday

Starting the day with some pocky

Starting the day with some pocky

05/29 Wednesday
As previously mentioned, this day was very long for me, so be aware of pic-spam. It really started after lunch, when I headed for downtown. First I walked to Shuugakuin for paying my rent, and then I took the train to arrive at Gion-Shijou. The reason for going downtown was to finally pay the airport tax. At the bank I asked how to do it, and it turned out due to the small amount it needs to be done via ATM – so I could have done it last weekend as well, _if_ I understood the ATM itself ^^; Actually it was Japanese only, and ATMs are complicated in Japanese, so in the end I got help from and employee there.

It was already raining at Gion-Shijou

It was already raining at Gion-Shijou

Clouds

Clouds


The entrance of Yasaka Jinja

The entrance of Yasaka Jinja

There were many of these

There were many of these

After that I was wondering what to do. I also wanted to go to the Sanjou Bookoff, because I had a coupon expiring at the end of the month, but I couldn’t do that. The weather was bad, it already started raining when I arrived, and I don’t like shopping for manga in the rain, because the books get wavy. Then I thought about the Yasaka Shrine I discovered one evening before, and it was the perfect opportunity to visit it. I walked to the other side if the river, and since it’s part of Gion already, there were even more tourists, be it Japanese or foreign. Although it was raining lightly and it was very humid, there were a lot of people at the shrine.

Many were praying and ringing the bells  - the kids obviously just for fun

Many were praying and ringing the bells – the kids obviously just for fun

Amazing

Amazing

The place was full of smaller shrines for different purposes

The place was full of smaller shrines for different purposes


The Maruyama Park

The Maruyama Park

I took a big round, and I discovered the Maruyama Park behind the shrine. Although nothing was blooming anymore, the park is pretty, there are even artificial lakes and flowing water. There were some lazy ducks at one of the lakes too – everybody was taking pictures of them XD I was walking in the park, when a foreign guy stopped me and asked me to take a pic of him. It was fun, because it was with his ultramodern smartphone, and it just didn’t want to work out ^^; After that he asked me about a few places and like how to get to the Kyoto Station – that was when it turned out he was Korean, because his guide book was written in Hangul. In the end I asked him to take a photo of me as well, and continued my walk at the park. I started walking upwards, and somehow there was no end to the road, so I got higher and higher up on the mountain XD I saw a huge bell, a cemetery, and saw some stair leading down to another temple or shrine, but I decided to check out the other direction.

Lake

Lake

Lazy ducks - there were wild ones in the lake too

Lazy ducks – there were wild ones in the lake too

There's no end in sight

There’s no end in sight


Where to go?

Where to go?

The huge bell

The huge bell

Yes, it's humid up there

Yes, it’s humid up there


The entrance of Chourakuji

The entrance of Chourakuji

In the end I found two stairs which seemed to lead two shrines. First I went upwards to a place which turned out to be the Chourakuji Temple. It was actually my first temple, as I have been to Shinto shrines before. Well, I’m more attracted to Shinto than Buddhism, so yeah ^^; The temple isn’t big, but it was several buildings, a small spring. It was quite slippery due to the humidity (actually I doubt it’s every dry there, because the forest is thick already), but I went up the stairs there. Actually I was in heels, because I had no idea I would go up to the mountains today, so yeah ^^; The way lead through bamboo tries, up to a small and old cemetery – it really had an interesting flair. And the best, you could have a look at the town from there, and that was when I realized I was actually quite high there already. The view was great~

Statues

Statues

Treasure room with bamboos in the background

Treasure room with bamboos in the background

They had a bell too

They had a bell too




An old cemetery

An old cemetery

It was really high

It was really high

They had a small garden too

They had a small garden too



Ootani Sobyou

Ootani Sobyou

Dragon~

Dragon~

After the temple I checked out the other stairs, and ended up at Ootani Sobyou, though to tell the truth I had no idea anymore, what exactly I was viewing – I just noted the name and looked it up afterwards. The buildings and the garden very beautiful~ There was also a cemetery and it looked great in that environment. And the best thing, at these parts there were hardly any people anymore.

Fountain

Fountain

*_*

*_*

This looked amazing

This looked amazing


The garden was pretty

The garden was pretty

Cemetery with an amazing background

Cemetery with an amazing background

Hello there~

Hello there~




The way to Ootani Sobyou - actually I was chasing a huge black butterfly, but without success ^^;

The way to Ootani Sobyou – actually I was chasing a huge black butterfly, but without success ^^;

This was closed unfortunately

This was closed unfortunately


After this I decided to head back to the town, because my walk was getting too long already. Later I realized I was missing quite a few temples and shrines around the area, but well, there was literally one at every street corner, and at least I saw the two highest ones. I was sure I would be going up there anymore, so it’s for the best. As for the others, I can check them out any time. I was walking here and there while going down and saw many beautiful places.

Back to Yasaka

Back to Yasaka

Those cages kitsune remind me of a certain manga by Kuku Hayate XD

Those cages kitsune remind me of a certain manga by Kuku Hayate XD

Bye-bye Yasaka

Bye-bye Yasaka




And it's still cloudy...

And it’s still cloudy…

Being back in town I headed back to Shijou-Kawaramachi, which meant crowds… I just got a taiyaki to eat and decided to try the Sanjo Bookoff before going back home. It was already in the evening, and once again it was full of people – I swear I even saw familiar faces! And these are the people who just wear off the book and never buy anything, it’s horrible… I had to realize that I need to come back once more in the morning for the coupon, because it just doesn’t work out otherwise. I headed home, but the day wasn’t over yet: I had to go shopping for ingredients and fruits. On my way home I saw another crown just sitting on the ground, meaning, behaving strangely, but at least it didn’t seem to be close to the road. The incident on Monday was still strongly in my mind that time… Finally the long day ended. It was very eventful, and I have been to beautiful places – and to think it was only because the road didn’t want to end… XD

05. 26-28. Sunday-Tuesday

Saw some bottlebrushes on my way back from Shuugakuin

Saw some bottlebrushes on my way back from Shuugakuin

Sorry for the long break~~~ I totally didn’t realize it has been almost a month already orz Well, July has been very busy for me, so despite spending more time at home than before, I had to study most of the time. But the semester has finally ended at both universities, and starting 07/31 I’m on summer holiday. I still have some work to do and I was planning a lot for the holiday, but I will try to catch up in the coming days. Really, I promise! XD Today I will make a short post only, becasue the next day will be long – and I had a long day today too, so next time. Yay news: I bought and oven today (among other kitchen tools) \^^/

Melonpan and fried mochi

Melonpan and fried mochi

The local Sensodyne

The local Sensodyne

05/26 Sunday
So back to the end of May… On May 26 it was just the general Sunday routine mixed with a bit of shopping at Shuugakuin. I got some toothpaste and a facial cleanser. The toothpaste seems to be the local Sensodyne, but is called Shumitekuto XD I really don’t get it… And it also seems quite different from the Sensodyne at home, so I wonder if it’s just as effective – seems okay, but nothing special I guess. As for the facial cleanser, I never used stuff like that at home, but here, next to the road and the railways, it’s just too dirty for my skin. I picked Perfect Whip from Shiseido, and it seems to work fine. I also got additional stuff for lunch and prepared soup with mushrooms and peas – it was delicious *__*

Soup with eringi and green peas~

Soup with eringi and green peas~

The only cherries for me this year... American import btw...

The only cherries for me this year… American import btw…

Today’s lunch was late, so I some pastries from the bakery. I wanted to try the famous melon pan, but I don’t know… It tastes nothing like melon, there’s a lot of sugar on top, and not really delicious… I guess I don’t share the enthusiasm for this. I tried some fried mochi too, and I have to say it was way more interesting than the melon pan. I got strawberries too, but the main part of today’s dinner was cherry~~~

Hard coated pastry with white azuki filling

Hard coated pastry with white azuki filling

05/27 Monday
The hated Monday… I was very hungry, so I got some pastries for breakfast. Next to the delicious Danish I also picked one filled with white bean paste, while the dough was quite crunchy. It was okay, but I don’t think I will get it anymore – the dough is just too hard. There was also a sad thing that day – I saw how a crow was hit by a bike T__T It was really horrible, and of course the crow didn’t survive it. Previously I was observing the crow, because it was down in the bushes and I thought it was strange, but then it jumped onto the road and was hit… I thought about this for a long time that week. Somehow the shadow of passing was over that week. A few days later I also saw the news on the net that a certain actor passed away. He was younger than me, a great person from what could be seen in public and died of something you generally don’t die of in the first world, so it just makes you think about a lot of things…

On my way to Quanat

On my way to Quanat

Anyway, I had a long day, but after my classes I decided to a department store at Chayama called Quanat, so I was walking there. There were several reasons for me to go there: they have a Uniqlo too, and the big discount was still ongoing, so I decided to get some more pieces. There’s also a shop called Yamaya that carries imported food and I wanted to check it out. And last but not least there are two second-hand comic stores in the area, a Comic Storm and a Furu, and I just wanted to see what they are like.

There is one train that has anime ads all the time - too bad only moe harem stuff...

There is one train that has anime ads all the time – too bad only moe harem stuff…

The Uniqlo is good: it’s smaller than the one at Kawaramachi, but less busy so it’s easier to get by. I got some tops and cardigans to a good price, not to mention some of them are specifically UV-cut types of clothes. After this I had enough of looking around, so in the end I just took a short look at Yamaya, but otherwise I just left Quanat like that without checking what else was there. I went to look for the two comic shops instead. Both are small, but might have good catches. Furu’s prices are more expensive, but the volumes are wrapped, so maybe. Comic Storm has both wrapped and unwrapped stuff, and I discovered after a few times that people are even reading wrapped stuff by opening them, which is not that funny. On the other hand Comic Storm has a lot of complete sets packed, which is good! As for the prices, they have more expensive and very cheap stuff as well, and there can be good findings. I got a few volumes, and went to look for the train station to go home. The Chayama station is a bit far from everything, but oh well.

A pretty garden on my way to KyoDai

A pretty garden on my way to KyoDai

Clouds rising...

Clouds rising…

05/28 Tuesday
I had a long day on Tuesday. After KyoDai I had my seminar at Seika, and after that, although I was dead tired already, we went to a comic exhibition with my professor and fellow students. The funny thing is, the gallery was at Demachiyanagi, where I pass by almost every day, but I totally didn’t notice it ^^; The place is small, but they have a lot of unique stuff, including alternative comics. After the exhibition we went to have dinner – not a thing I do every day, but once in a while I can, and I was hungry due to the exhausting day anyway. Because of me we were picking a place that has vegetarian food as well, and in the end we tried Falafel Garden, a place that was on my list too. They specialize in falafel, kebab and such, so the menu isn’t that huge, but if you feel like eating such things, it’s a great choice.

Two-pita-set at Falafel Garden

Two-pita-set at Falafel Garden – yumm~

Fortunately they had a plate, where you can have two types of pitas, so in the end I got a falafel one and a baba ghanoush one – latter for the eggplant paste in it. Both were great, the falafel is juicy, there were a lot of vegetables, and the baba ghanoush the best choice! It’s very similar to the eggplant paste my family makes, though less spicy – I was happy to be able to eat it, because I couldn’t make one due to my lack of an oven. Yeah, I had to get an oven… (And today I got it~~~~~~) Like that the long day ended on a happy note.