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~
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 *___*
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.
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.
After finishing I walked to my station along at the riverside which was much cooler thanks to the water.
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 ^^;
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 *__*
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.
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
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…
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.
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;
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…