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.
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.
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.
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 ^^;
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.
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~
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.
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.