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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