06. 28-30. Friday-Sunday

Strange building at Chayama

Strange building at Chayama

06/28 Friday
I was trying to work a bit in the morning before going to the university, so I have totally forgotten I wanted to leave earlier, so I could pay the rent at the bank. After leaving home I had to do that first, even knowing I would be late to classes – but in the end, I just missed 10 minutes, and in that class being late is not really an issue. Actually a strange thing I noticed is, that students often leave the classroom for a short break (toilet) even during class – which is rude and impossible in Hungary, and I wouldn’t do that ever. At home it can easily end with the teacher saying: “If you don’t find my class interesting you don’t even need to come back” – or something along those lines. Or is it a generational thing, and the youngsters do it in Hungary already as well? Hm…

Anyway, after classes I decided to drop by the Quanat Department store at Chayama. Actually I was thinking about checking out the stores better than before, and maybe also get an idea and ingredients for Sunday’s lunch. I also needed better shoes or sandals for summer, so yeah. The shoe issue is complicated, so after a quick round I went up to Uniqlo, and you know what, they had a discount again o_O I got two skirts and a top, so yay~ And going through all the shops I realized they have practically everything there. I found a shop for cute stuff, and got a frog spoon~~~ I saw there a straw hat I liked, and I might get it, because sometimes I just don’t feel like using the parasol, but the sun is just too strong. Oh, and Quanat has a 100-yen shop with very nice stuff, so yeah, I might get back for various things. Another hidden reason of my trip was the gacha, but the one I wanted to have disappeared already :( Finally I went to the Comic Storm shop for a few things, nothing much. I was pretty tired in the evening, and had to sleep early too, because of the Kobe trip.

Breakfast

Breakfast

A street in Kobe

A street in Kobe

06/29 Saturday
The day of the Kobe trip, though from the diary point of view this entry won’t be all that interesting. For the first time in a long while I had to get up at 5:45, and it was worse than expected. To think that just a few months ago I had to do this regularly, and there were even times I had to get up at 4:45… Almost unbelievable. The meeting point was around 8:15 at the Karasuma Hankyuu station, but with the early get-ups I get hungry earlier, so I got something at a conbini. To be safe I also got some cookies for later, and it was a good decision.

They build on the hills too

They build on the hills too

Wild boar in the city!!!

Wild boar in the city!!!

We went with the Hankyuu train to Kobe, and the whole trip was an hour or so – it’s not that far, so I can go back for sightseeing any time I guess. We immediately walked to the Konan University – the location of the workshop, and didn’t left till the end around 18:00. On the way I noticed a wild boar in a riverbed – OMG! O_O Nobody seemed to bother with it, only us “tourists”, so I thought there would be a reason for this. Among other things for the panel we received some stickers for the Konan Univ, and there were cute boars too, so yeah, there had to be something. It seems the boar are coming down form the mountain all the time, and since they are fed by people, they like it there. Very dangerous, I think, but seeing a boar there was still fun.

My meager lunch

My meager lunch

Much needed snacks

Much needed snacks

The other interesting point of the day was, what I could eat for lunch. First I had no idea what to do about it, and since at first it was like others would order bentous and sandwiches, I thought I will go with conbini onigiri. Then it turned out the school cafeteria is open, so we could go there. Of course there was hardly anything for me, but better than nothing. Still, I finished lunch quite hungry, so the cookies I got in the morning came very handy.

The Hankyuu train

The Hankyuu train

At the Sanjo station

At the Sanjo station

I was practically brain dead at the end of the workshop. There were some, who went to town after that, and it would have been great indeed, but I was just too tired, and getting home would take time too. I got back to Kyoto with the others, and arrived after 7. Since it was still early, I thought about going to a few shops in the shopping district, but due to my tiredness I just checked out one I haven’t been to before: the Animega and the stationary shop in the same place. The stationary shop is amazing, and Animega is a tiny Animate-like shop with less people – will be back there for sure. And the fun thing is, they had the gacha machine I was missing yesterday~ A nice ending for the day :D Well, after that I realized I totally passed by another one I wanted to try, but since it has an older release, it’s not everywhere, but my tired brain just didn’t register is ^^; Well, next time. The shopping district was very crowded this time – well, Saturday evening. I was just happy to get home.

Soup

Soup

Melon~

Melon~

06/30 Sunday
Today’s big mission was cooking. Usually it’s not a problem, but now I had to make a soup and a main dish as well, and with only one gas burner it was quite the challenge. But well, I did have the ingredients for the soup, so I just started with it early in the morning. When it was done, I put on the rice, which would take an hour anyway, and left for Life, because they had the better discounts. In the end I decided to make lecsó, and for the nice stuff I got a whole melon and small ice creams, so I wouldn’t have too much calories when eating one – though I was told I have lost weight, so it’s not a problem – I guess it’s the lack of Carbohydrate in my food here… Anyway, when I got home the rice was ready, and I quickly made the lecsó – I finished before noon, so yay~ After that it was just studying – I was still pretty much dead from the Kobe trip, so yeah…

Lecsó

Lecsó

And mixed

And mixed

Smaller ice cream

Smaller ice cream

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06. 24-27. Monday-Thursday

Pretty~

Pretty~

My fave flower

My fave flower

06/24 Monday
Did I already write how much I hate Mondays? Yes? Well, I can’t say it enough -_- Okay, let’s just skip the school part. On the way home I was taking photos of a tree with ripe fruits, when I noticed tiny green birds jumping from one branch to another and snacking on the fruits. They were so cute, but it was like impossible to take a pic of them, because they were moving around so fast. After looking around a bit I found out it was the Japanese White-eye – very cute~

Plums~

Plums~

I have no idea what this tree is. Btw, it was impossible to take pics of the birds...

I have no idea what this tree is. Btw, it was impossible to take pics of the birds…

So, today we finally got our scholarship. After classes I had to go to get some fruits, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to have dinner. First I automatically went into Fresco, then I realized I needed money from the bank first XD Anyway, I for some bananas, melon and such, and saw plums and apricots, but to a ridiculous price. At the other grocery shop I discovered a kind of greengage plum, and it looked so tasty I just had to get a box, and since I was hungry for cheese again, I just got the regular smoked one too. Oh, on the way home I think I saw a mouse running through the street – it was tiny and very fast so I’m pretty sure ^^ The classes were killing me, so I wasn’t all that productive in the evening…

Asian fried rice

Asian fried rice

06/25 Tuesday
First grammar class in two weeks, and I was suffering like always. Due to my eating habits it’s in the worst possible time. It’s starting when I usually eat for the first time, and doesn’t end till 12 – which is past my lunch time. I’m just too hungry to concentrate there ;__; Anyway, I didn’t have food at home anymore, so I decided to go to Café Proverbs again. I got the special lunch set with Asian Fried Rice, and it was delicious~~~ Spicy with nice mushrooms, vegetables, some kind of a veggie meat and eggs. Btw the student discount is really useful, because I can pick the most expensive set without worrying all that much. Oh, and this time I got a point card as well :D

The riverbend

The riverbend

Actually today instead of our regular class at Seika, a small event was planned at the Manga Museum. Our professor has met a good Chinese artist at a conference in Indonesia and the artist came to Kyoto, so they quickly arranged a presentation with him. I had time till the event, so I was considering if I should just go to town and waste my time somewhere, or got home first to drop off my stuff. Actually carrying the school stuff and my tablet is way too much (my shoulder is starting to get bruised), so in the end I quickly got them home. I wasn’t really motivated to do anything, but in the end I had to go. I was walking from Demachiyanagi, and saw some beautiful hydrangea on the way~

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The event itself was fun, and after that I dropped by Lashinbang to boost my mood with new manga. Btw, I realized there why the songs of the anime I generally don’t watch seemed so familiar on the TV during the weekend: they play them all at Lashinbang XD I got some manga very cheap and I already thought I could survive the day without spending much, but just to be sure I dropped by Animate to check if they had Nakamura Asumiko’s box for A and B no Gekijou – and you know what, they did! I guess so many people inquired about it (myself included), that they had to produce more~ I didn’t hesitate and got the box and the two huge, hard cover volumes – and my finances took a big hit from the price ^^; But yeah, I calculated that beforehand, and collector items are collector items – they are all just gorgeous~ Actually there was a huge line at the cashier despite more than five operating, I guess. It’s shocking just to what extent people are spending money here – or in Japan in general. Well, it indeed is the biggest consumer society in the world… When I was there I got another Magi gacha – it’s just… sinful ^^; When I was walking home, it was already dark – the town seems totally different at times like this, it’s interesting ^^

Preparations

Preparations

Lunch~

Lunch~

06/26 Wednesday
In the morning I just had to make lunch, and I was craving some potatoes. For that I made mushrooms again, because Japanese mushrooms are great. I was considering to add daikon or other things, but in the end I just decided to mix the shimeji and the eringi. Other than this I was trying to translate a bit, but I got sidetracked a lot by things like where to buy second-hand gacha for a good price. It turned out Kyoto isn’t good for that either – actually there was a shop that had some, but it closed just a few days before I arrived ^^;;; Other than the local Lashingban my only option is to try in Osaka, because they have a lot of shops like that in DenDen Town (like Super Position G-One, Yellow Submarine etc). I guess my next trip to Osaka will be for shopping only, because getting through all these shops takes forever. Btw, it was raining all day, and it doesn’t actually improve one’s mood…

Upgrading with eggs

Upgrading with eggs

06/27 Thursday
In the morning I really wanted to work a bit, but somehow I just wasn’t able to. Finally it wasn’t raining, so I quickly washed my clothes, though they didn’t get completely dry till the evening. Actually I was looking several things up about Kobe and such. We will be going there with my professor and a few students for a workshop, on Saturday, but since there are lectures till the evening, I won’t have time to do any shopping sightseeing, so yeah, not much sense in making a list with the shops and restaurants that could be interesting ^^;

Didn't look that friendly to be honest

Didn’t look that friendly to be honest

Anyway, after my classes I got some peanuts and sweets from the 100 yen shop, and my next station would have been Shuugakuin, but I decided to drop off my luggage at home. I realized I need to pay rent and the first installment of the health insurance, so I went to Shuugakuin for that, and to maybe buy some fruits. Sure, I couldn’t transfer the rent in the evening anymore (the ATM was there, but I had no idea which button to push XD;), but I paid the insurance at the conbini. It’s really useful that you don’t need to go to the post with the bills, you just go to the closest conbini and that’s it. After that I got some oranges and tomatoes at Fresco, and the other grocery shop had plums again – even 100 yen cheaper! Yay! So my fruit problems are solved for a few days~

It has a jelly filling, but with pectin, so safe

It has a jelly filling, but with pectin, so safe

Otherwise currently I’m thinking about buying a combined microwave and oven and I was checking out things are the recycle shop. I’m still not sure what to get – if at all. Because most of the food I was baking in the oven needs sour cream and/or cheese, both of which are terribly expensive here :/ Still, I don’t think you can live without an oven… Hm…

06. 17-23. Monday-Sunday

Canned tangerine - might be useful for preparing sweets

Canned tangerine – might be useful for preparing sweets

06/17 Monday
The horrific Monday… For once I managed to drag myself to the uni for the first kanji class in the morning. To think just a few months ago I had days I had to start working at 6:30, and now I have troubles getting to the uni till 8:45 ^^; But actually it’s because I need to prepare a lot for Monday – I have four classes, I bring my lunch, my tablet, 1 liter water and so on. Even if I prepare part of it on Sunday, it still takes more time to get ready than usual. Anyway, the reason I had to go to the class today was that I had to catch up on the tests we have every week. This time I was even writing three tests so it was a bit stressful and I didn’t even have time to eat my breakfast – you can imagine how hungry I was without eating anything before noon ^^; All in all the day was very long and exhausting. I should have done some shopping at the 100-yen store and the drug store, but it was no emergency and it was hot outside, so I just came home. Fortunately there are no classes tomorrow at all, so I can catch up a bit with everything.

Éclair

Éclair

06/18-19 Tuesday and Wednesday
Nothing interesting, really. I ordered myself house arrest for Tuesday and Wednesday, so I could work and study. I had no classes today anywhere (foundation day at KyoDai and another reason at Seika), so it was good timing. Actually it started raining due to Typhoon No.4, and the weather report said it wouldn’t stop till weekend – great :/ Fortunately it wasn’t raining when I went shopping for ingredients on Wednesday. I got more mushrooms for the same dish and got some éclair-like pastries for dessert – it was even quite okay~ Otherwise nothing interesting happened. Oh, I ordered a table for my bed on Tuesday. Till now my laptop was always on my lap, and it was just no good anymore. With summer being here already it was too hot, and it’s not good for the laptop either. If I buy a table for the bed, I decided to get one with fans for the laptop. These customizable tables aren’t cheap, but I managed to find one at a more reasonable price.

Clouds hanging low

Clouds hanging low

There was more water in the river, too

There was more water in the river, too

06/20 Thursday
Classes again. But before that I had to go shopping to the Takaragaike Life, because they had good discounts. I don’t really like to go there, because it’s too far (20-25 minutes of walking), and now it was also raining. Anyway, I decided to experiment a bit with recipes from the net, so I got ingredients for that. They also had ready to go fried snacks like taiyaki and something similar to a dorayaki, so I got those too. Sure, it’s not as great as freshly baked, but putting it into the microwave and eating it while hot isn’t so bad – and somehow it really felt great to eat red bean paste after such a long time~

More clouds... and rain

More clouds… and rain

After classes I also went to the drug store at Hyakumanben, because I needed quite a few things and they had a 5% discount anyway. Maybe it’s strange that I’m always discount this, discount that all the time, but well, with my manga spending, sightseeings it needs to be – and well, I do eat out too, and still need to buy basic things for living. Anyway, I couldn’t find curry powder at Life, but fortunately they had some at the 100 yen shop, where I got more tools for the sake of the new meal.

Conbini dorayaki

Conbini dorayaki

Conbini taiyaki

Conbini taiyaki

I was also waiting for the table to be delivered in the morning, but it didn’t come. Apparently they tried to deliver it at 13:00, when I had my classes already. Upon coming home I found the notice too, and had to see how to arrange a redelivery. I won’t call any Japanese numbers, that’s for sure, so I checked the website of Yamato. Fortunately you can schedule a redelivery there too, but it wasn’t easy. Somehow it just didn’t accept my name, and I almost thought it accepted kanji only. I also tried to register at the site to maybe avoid this issue, and I got problems there two despite the note that Latin characters are accepted as well. It turned out it only accepted the special full-width characters, even for Romaji – sure, they have written that, but I thought the normal input would be okay. It took quite a while for me to figure out how to get there full-width characters orz In the end I managed to set up the redelivery, but 30 minutes later they brought the table already, so yay~ The table got 3/5 in the ratings, so I didn’t expect much, but it’s quite okay. Sure, there are some issues, but it will be okay for the intended use.

I had to chop for an hour at least - even got blisters on my hand ;__;

I had to chop for an hour at least – even got blisters on my hand ;__;

06/21 Friday
My mood wasn’t really great due to the rain, so my day wasn’t anything special either. In the morning I was cooking before my classes. I’m a bit obsessed with pumpkins, so I was checking out the internet for recipes with a pumpkin maindish. In the end I found some interesting ones I could combine and modify for my limited options here. It has green onion, red paprika, pumpkin, ginger, garlic and curry. The end result was delicious, and at this point I still didn’t know, that after some fine tunings this would turn out to be one of my fave dishes here – and it’s reproducible in Hungary as well.

The meal~

The meal~

After my classes I just came home, and I had another discovery in the evening – after like two months I discovered the Friday movie block on one of the channels – well, it took me time to start watching TV in the evening, so yeah. They had Independence Day today, which was quite strange with the Japanese dub – and it was cut too – very peculiar.

Cabbage soup

Cabbage soup

06/22 Saturday
I was cooking in the morning and studied in the afternoon, so that was basically it. I got cabbage before, and I made a red cabbage soup using tomato sauce, paprika powder and spices – with a bit of basil. Actually it’s the same way of making like we do it with sauerkraut, but due to the new cabbage it has a certain freshness. To tell the truth I have never made this before in Hungary, neither with sauerkraut, not with fresh cabbage, so it’s funny I was trying to make this Hungarian dish in Japan for the first time XD I have to say I just got another alternative for soup – I loved it~

Peanuts choco, but not that great

Peanuts choco, but not that great

In the afternoon I finally got myself to look for an online Japanese TV guide, because I was just habitually watching the TV sometimes, but had no idea about the programs – or even about anime on TV. It turned out despite having only a handful channels, there are some anime I could watch on the TV. Sure, the late-night shows are a no-go, but there are others I can check out, or just let them run in the background. For Saturday I was already too late, but I decided to check out how it is.

Look at these swallow fledglings *__*

Look at these swallow fledglings *__*

06/23 Sunday
With that said and done I turned on the TV in the morning, and a PreCure episode was starting. Sure, I wasn’t watching it closely, but it was good to see anime on TV – and yeah, one should know where the mahou shoujo genre stands currently. At another channel I caught Toriko and after that One Piece – OMG! It has been like 100 episodes since I stopped watching… I really should try catching up – especially because I stopped at the beginning of the Ace arc – partially because I knew what was coming from the manga. Anyway, that was all for me in the morning, but in the evening I saw some more: the latest Uchuu Senka Yamato 2199 (that OP is epic~~~ The series looks quite okay, btw, might check it out from the beginning) and Phi Brain 2, and just watched some Chibi Maruko-chan and Sazae-san for the heck of it XD I guess for now on I will watch some random anime on TV as well ^^;

Otherwise I had to go shopping – Fresco had discount on eggs and a general 10% discount on many products, and Life had a discount on yogurt and some vegetables. Actually it was due to the different directions it was quite a walk, but at least I was all the more hungry for lunch. After that it was just the same studying+working combo again *sigh*

06. 12-16. Wednesday-Sunday

Choco with cookies - okay, I guess...

Choco with cookies – okay, I guess…

This was not yummy - too... buttery?

This was not yummy – too… buttery?

Gah, my summer holidays weren’t going as great as I hoped. I have been sick for more than two weeks – now it’s more or less okay, but I still have terrible coughs. The reason, well, 35 °C outside and too strong air-conditioning in shops. I wasn’t careful enough, and caught a terrible cold :( I’m pretty sure I will escape Japan or at least Kyoto in summer next year. I have no idea how I will do that, but it’s impossible to live here in summer. Anyway, mass-posting~

06/12 Wednesday
Despite my busy Tuesday I went to the movies today as well, because I wanted to watch Haru at Movix. After having lunch at home I decided on the most cost-effective way, so I was walking from Demachiyanagi to the shopping district. I was very hot, but for that I saw a lot of different Hydrangeas on the way *___*

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Haru

Haru

After arriving I got my ticket first, and that’s when I realized, that the Wednesday discount isn’t valid for this show – strange, but what can you do. After getting the ticket I was just walking around a bit in the area, but the movie started soon, too. It turned out everybody would get a small booklet at the ticket check which is nice, but on the other hand it wasn’t enough to compensate for the price of the ticket for a movie that doesn’t even last an hour. Yeah, that’s another fact I realized only after watching the movie – after Shinkai’s latest it’s another short. By the way watching it after Shinkai’s movie was the biggest mistake, because anything would pale after that, and Haru was unfortunately mediocre anyway, so it didn’t leave a big impression on me. The only good thing about the movie was the setting: Kyoto. It was great to see all those places I frequent – the booklet had some detailed information about that too.

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After the movie I went to Lashinbang, and since it was hot, I decided to try a shop that was supposedly selling regular ice cream, Italian-style. In the end it was far from Italian ice-cream, but since such places are rare (soft cream if more popular here, who knows why), so I’m glad that I tried it at least. There were chairs to sit down, so I could admire the Hydrangeas while eating.

The ice cream

The ice cream

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

The stall

The stall


After finishing I walked to my station along at the riverside which was much cooler thanks to the water.

This is where you can cross the river

This is where you can cross the river

Someone was feeding the eagles

Someone was feeding the eagles

Clouds~

Clouds~


This one should be healthy - it wasn't bad

This one should be healthy – it wasn’t bad

06/13 Thursday
The heat wave we got thanks to the Typhoon No.3 was still ongoing – actually it got even worse today. In the morning I had to go shopping for ingredients. This time I had to go much further to the Life supermarket, because they had better discounts. I would have loved to go there early, but they open at 9:30, so there was nothing to do. By the time I left home it was already burning hot. It was already quite an accomplishment to actually get there, but then getting home with the heavy bags was almost like torture. Actually I had a nice discovery at Life. At the shelves for sweets I discovered some imported goods marked with flags. Then I just noticed the Hungarian flag there, in front of a package of some Haribo Gold Bears – I was like, what?! Because Haribo should be a German company, so why? But then I checked, and that particular Haribo product was indeed produced in Hungary o_o What a surprise! And I can’t deny it was a good feeling to discover something from my home country in Japan. Anyway, Getting home was not easy, and to prove just how hot it was outside, the dark chocolate bar I got at Life partially melted by the time I got home ^^;

Eggplant-tomato sauce with spaghetti

Eggplant-tomato sauce with spaghetti

And mixed

And mixed

Cooking in the hot kitchen wasn’t easy either, and by the time I was done, I was already totally exhausted due to the temperatures. I was watching the TV during lunch, and they said it was almost 35 °C already, so I was tending to skipping the classes in the afternoon, as I was reluctant to get out into those temperatures again. In the end I still went, but getting there was like hell. I should have just gotten home immediately after classes, but I had to get a new sun blocker. Due to the lack of shadows on the way to Demachiyanagi (the sun is practically glaring into your face in the afternoon), I decided to get on at Mototanaka. The distance is nearly the same to that station, and there was shadow on the road. In the end I didn’t get home immediately, I stopped by Chayama, because I needed a few things from the Yamaya, a store for imported goods in the Quanat Department store. It meant another load of long walking, but what to do. I got parmesan, tomato puree, diced tomatoes to a good price, and to my surprise I found peppermint tea as well! *__* The shop has a wider selection of cheese, quite expensive, of course – still, I might get some later, especially their imported Camembert *__*

Hm... I like the almond one better

Hm… I like the almond one better

Refreshing orange

Refreshing orange

I was playing with the thought of getting some ice cream at the Fresco at Shuugakuin, but I was fed up with the heat and the walking already, not to mention some uncomfortable blisters due to wearing different shoes and no socks. When I got home I realized I forgot to turn off the aircon, but I was very happy about that. During dinner I turned on the TV and they said it was 35,9 °C in Kyoto today – urgh… Since they said also said we would have 33 °C tomorrow, I decided to skip my classes, because I just can’t bear it anymore, and I have work for the magazine and a translation to do either way, so yeah.

Now with Parmesan~

Now with Parmesan~

06/14 Friday
So I skipped. It was already 27 °C in the morning, and it went over 35 °C today as well, so I just wasn’t able to go to classes. It doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything. I actually got out to check out the Konan Home Center near here. It’s kind of late for me to discover that there is a home goods company near my home, but well, I always thought it was a flower-home improvement store like Obi. In fact it’s that and a bit run down version of Nitori with some drug store touch – basically, they sell almost everything. I actually went there because I’m still looking for ultrasonic insect repellents, but they didn’t have any, I even asked. Checking the net it doesn’t seem to exist in Japan, only for dogs or to chase away cats. Okay, I don’t have any bug issue, but I don’t even want any, so prevention is the best – however I don’t like the ones that are using chemicals, not to mention most over them are against bugs, not to prevent them *sigh* Anyway, I got wash powder and wet tissues to clean my mangas, and looked though the shop. They have sheets too, and not 100% polyester like mine, so I’m considering getting some later. If I ever need a chest, I can get it there as well. Oh, and there are gacha machines in front of the shop too – very dangerous… I think I fell for the gacha XD

Sugar sweet melon~

Sugar sweet melon~

Anyway, after Konan I went to the Fresco in the North, but forgot the most important things for tomorrow’s cooking: flour and parsley ^^; However I allowed myself some luxury: I bought a half honeydew melon, and it turned out to be delicious~ In this hotness there’s nothing better than a cool melon – maybe only a cool water melon ^^

Coming home I had my lunch with the parmesan I got yesterday, and started studying and working. I have a translation and two articles to write, so no time…

This one is highly addictive: choco-wheat *__*

This one is highly addictive: choco-wheat *__*

06/15 Saturday
I had to cook today, but as I mentioned before, there were two things I forgot to buy the day before at Fresco: flour and parsley, both needed for today’s soup. So I ran down to Fresco to get them, but they only had parsley in a 4 g holder, which is way too small for 208 yen. After contemplating a bit I decided to try elsewhere, and waited for the grocery shop to open at 9:30 while eating a soyjoy bar. Actually I don’t recommend the peanuts one, it’s way too dry. As for the opening times, I noticed, shops are opening very late here, a far cry from our supermarkets opening at 6:00… Very strange… But well, conbini should be open, if needed, so yeah. Anyway, at the other shop I got some strawberries, probably for the last time this year – the season for them is definitely over. As for parsley, it’s strange the root itself is nowhere to be found here. I saw something that had similar leaves as parsley, but I didn’t dare to buy it as it had an unknown Japanese name and no parsley smell. Fortunately I found refill bag for the parsley spice for a reasonable price here, so I got that. Later I looked up the mysterious grass, mitsuba, and it turned out to be wild parsley, so next time I can try that too.

Soup with beans

Soup with beans

Today I had to make soup, and I decided on a bean soup, because I found the type of beans we use at home as well at Life the last time. I had to make a few adjustments due to the circumstances here, but the end result way yummy *__* Other than that I was just studying and working -_-; The day way so much like my usual Sunday, that I even thought it was Sunday and waited for the new Shingeki no Kyojin ep – oh well XD;


Eringi rice and salad for lunch~

Eringi rice and salad for lunch~

Peppermint tea - my fave~

Peppermint tea – my fave~

06/16 Sunday
Again just cooking and studying with some working. This time I had to make a new main dish, and I decided to fry the eringi mushrooms I bought recently. I used it only in my soups so far, so I had no idea how it would be like, but it tastes heavenly~~~ *__* Eringi banzai~~~ I only used salt, pepper, chili and parsley for spices, but the taste turned out to be amazingly good. Great discovery about this mushroom~

Otherwise indeed just studying, working and yeah, some watching for work…