07. 29-31. Monday-Wednesday

Cereal bar and coffee

Cereal bar and coffee

My lunch

My lunch

07/29 Monday
The last exam day at KyoDai – as expected, it was a tiring day. The main event of the day was the speech. It was quite okay, since I memorized it all the way – although it wasn’t perfect of course. Actually I have a problem with holding a speech like that. Up until now all my speeches and presentations were free: I would have the outlines, but otherwise I would speak freely. I have also studied how to make a speech before in high school when I was in a contest, so I know that’s the way it should be. That’s also the reason why I’m always annoyed when people just read a full composition off their paper, because that’s not a real speech. The tempo is usually too fast, and the structure of the sentences too complicated for the audience. Written and spoken texts are different, and it’s bad to use written texts during a speech. Well, I know holding speeches it not everyone’s forte, but yeah… For this reason I wasn’t feeling comfortable reciting a completely memorized written text, but unfortunately I had to admit that my Japanese isn’t up to the level to speak freely about something during a speech :( This was also quite clear after the Q&A session after the presentation… Somehow I have to find a way to improve my speaking abilities *sigh* But all in all it was a nice experience and a good practice for the real deal tomorrow.

Although I was tired I was craving some pancakes, so I made some in the evening – just plain ones, so it was some fast, and enjoyed them with jam~ Unfortunately the jam here isn’t really suitable for pancakes because it’s a jam with a high percentage of water, but if you eat it immediately anyway it’s all good :D

Pancakes

Pancakes

Jam

Jam

Yumm

Yumm


07/30 Tuesday
The final day. My morning was free and I could rest and practice a bit. I had lunch at home, and before getting to school at 13:00 I even paid my rent. Since there would be a ceremony in the evening I put a dress on and even a bit of make-up, though only lipstick and mascara because I was afraid anything else would melt in the heat orz My dress was light, but I was afraid a bit to open for the Japanese taste, so I had to bring a light cardigan as well, which was still too hot in the 35 °C… Not to mention I lost weight since moving here (though I might have gained since then because I’m always hungry and eat too…), so it wasn’t that fitting anymore with the strap kinda slipping at times, oh well…

Lunch at home

Lunch at home

Anyway, first we had a rehearsal, and the real deal started at 14:30. The order was decided beforehand, so I came in second. It went okay, though I just can’t like this kind of memorized speech. The Q&A session was the issue again, but I finished with a good feeling. What we didn’t know before, the bests of every level would have to make the speech once more at the closing ceremony. I was already tired and hungry, but I ended up being the one from our level orz The ceremony started at 17:00, there were talks, we received a diploma, so it meant for me that I had to keep my concentration for a long time, and it wasn’t that great. The speech this time had a few mistakes, and once again I felt my limits by not having enough vocabulary to instantly correct the rest. But well, it was okay, and it was indeed the last time.

Lizard~

Lizard~

I was absolutely spent by the time it ended – and hungry too. Actually I brought snacks with me especially for this reason, but I didn’t have the opportunity to eat it. Well, after the ceremony we went to have a small party on the campus café. After the toast we got food and drink, and although I was suspicious, in the end the vegetarians could find thinks to eat as well. They were also aware of the Muslim students having Ramadan, so the saved food for them so they could eat after sunset. We were talking to a lot of people, fellow students, teachers, and it lasted till after 20:00. It was a good-bye from many, though all those who wanted to take classes in fall were free to do so, so it might not have been a good-bye forever from everyone. It was a busy day, so I arrived home dead tired, but there was still one thing: I found a lizard in the house – it was fast so I was lucky to be able to take a photo at all. And like this the language course ended and my deadly summer holidays started.

07/31 Wednesday
I was dead tired from yesterday, so the first day of my summer holidays was spent resting – aside from cooking of course. I had to make a soup and I decided to prepare a broccoli cream soup. I don’t have a mixer, so I just smashed the broccoli and was hoping I could mix it well with the crème, and while it was yummy, it didn’t feel like a real broccoli crème soup. This was the day when I realized I had to get a mixer, also for the sake of my future pumpkin crème soups… Speaking of crème, my delicious eringi with parsley always felt like it was screaming for crème. Today I decided to try it that way, and OMG! It’s heavenly~~~ From now on I will always eat eringi like this *__*

Just seeing this photo makes me drool already

Just seeing this photo makes me drool already

Broccoli crème soup

Broccoli crème soup

Crème version

Crème version

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07. 22-28. Monday-Sunday

Tiger lily

Tiger lily

Some kind of a berry

Some kind of a berry

07/22 Monday
And finally the last full week started at the language course – and with it the final exams, so it wasn’t all that great to be honest. We had short tests during the semester, and those were much better for me, while this exams every day while going to classes was just too much. If we have exams than no classes, please. Anyway, this day was special, because we agreed to meet for dinner with our group from the language course. We were planning to have lunch in one of the vegetarian places before (since we’re two vegetarians, one on halal and a meat-eater), but somehow it never worked out, but now we could agree on a dinner – well, a farewell dinner to be exact. After school I dropped off my stuff at home, and we met on the campus in the evening. Since it was Monday, Café Proverbs wasn’t open, so we decided to try another one, Sunny Place. I wanted to try it for a while now, but never managed to get there, so we had to look for it, but it was where I thought it whould be. Still, surprisingly we found the place closed, although it wasn’t their scheduled holiday. There was nothing else to do, we went for another place, and settled for Sujata in the end. I thought we couldn’t sit together there, but the small tables could be put together, so it was okay. We got the dinner set and it was great~ I could try many vegetable I didn’t dare before, like the bitter goya or sweet potato – while I will avoid the former, I will most use the latter. We had a nice dinner and talked about a lot of things, it was all fun~

In the evening

In the evening

Dinner

Dinner

And the tempura

And the tempura


Yummy cookie

Yummy cookie

The lemon taste is refreshing in this one

The lemon taste is refreshing in this one

07/23 Tuesday
Somehow I had the worst mood today. We had the last grammar class, and I took it very bad, I suffered through the class till the end – would have been better to skip it completely. Then I thought we would have the last class at Seika today, but it turned out the last one was last week ^^; Well, reading some manga at the library made me feel better, so it’s okay, and then I got some manga at Book Off too. On the way home I dropped by the supermarket, otherwise nothing special for today.

Nice clouds

Nice clouds

*__*

*__*

Flowers

Flowers


Cloudy mountain

Cloudy mountain

After the rain

After the rain

07/24 Wednesday
Today I had to go to the supermarket first and make a soup, but the free day wasn’t over with that. Then despite having a day off I had to go to KyoDai, because at 13:00 there would be a rehearsal for our speeches next week. Although I tried to memorize it already, I wasn’t there yet, so starting today it’s all about practicing. I would have my speech in the class on Monday anyway, and we decided to have another rehearsal on the final day, so it should go well.

Soup~

Soup~

Baby swallows~

Baby swallows~

I needed to buy a few things, so I headed for Chayama and Quanat from the uni. I wanted to get small crème brulle dishes for smaller cakes, and needed another bottle of brandy as well XD For dishes there is a 100 yen shop, for the brandy Yamaya. The local Suntory brandy wasn’t that bad, but I decided to try something else in hopes for a better taste. In the end I decided on the J.P. Chenet French brandy and I didn’t regret it~ Of course I dropped by Comic Storm too, and got a few volumes.

Pumpkin curry~

Pumpkin curry~

A whole water melon *__*

A whole water melon *__*

07/25 Thursday
I spent the morning cooking lunch – my new fave pumpkin curry~~~ The afternoon had an exam, but it was all easy, so no worries. On the way home I had to do some shopping, and there I saw a whole water melon for a quite bearable price: 1380! Sure it’s horribly expensive compared to Hungary, but here it was okay for an M size, and I need whole water melons~~~ I was very excited about it and it turned out to be very yummy~~~

Trying something else

Trying something else

07/26 Friday
This was a long day. The morning was free, but the classes in the afternoon had exams, so yeah :/ In the evening there was a dinner with our Listening teacher and most of the class, and the chosen restaurant was at the Shijou-Kawaramachi crossing in the Marui building. Since my class ended after 4 and the meeting was at 7 I wasn’t sure if I should go home beforehand or go directly to the shopping district. In the end I went directly with my heavy bag, but I wanted to shop for some manga and that takes time. My main goal was purchasing to Hagio Moto collector editions, but in the end I only found one. In the end I took another book instead about Hagio Moto with interview and pre-debut manga pages – love~~~~ Of course I had to drop by Lashingban as well, and got some nice titles :D

The food was really good and diverse

The food was really good and diverse

Dessert *__*

Dessert *__*

At 7 pm we met in front of Marui and headed for the restaurant. It was an all you can eat place (costs 2000 yen and we choose the additional all you can drink too), and while I was a bit afraid I couldn’t find anything to eat, it was a nice surprise, because they had a lot of soy meat dishes and those seemed and tasted totally safe. I tried a lot of different things in food and drinks, and I was especially fond of the dessert-fruits table – I even went for seconds XD We had a nice evening with the class, and we lest around 9 in the evening. It was a long, tiring but fun day.

07/27-28 Saturday-Sunday
I spent this weekend at home, because I still had some studying to do, not to mention the memorizing of my final speech. In case of the speech it was like I was repeating the text in my head almost every single second, till I knew it by heart.

The dough

The dough

Frying

Frying

Done

Done


Flower

Flower

What could this be?

What could this be?

On Saturday the only interesting thing was, that I made pancakes here the first time. I had a leftover piece of pumpkin, and I decided to rasp it and use it for salty pancakes. Our pancakes aren’t like the American ones, more like crépe, and it can be very exciting if you add rasped fruits or vegetables to the dough. This time I only added pumpkin, salt, pepper, but next time I will add rasped onions as well~ All in all, it was great, only the frying took like forever, since you need to do it on a small flame for the pumpkin to be fried.

On Sunday I got some ingredients, and made food for Monday. I really love brown rice and eringi, and the dish with these two quickly became one of my faves here.

07. 15-21. Monday-Sunday

Kurumipan for the win~

Kurumipan for the win~

In the end the few days became more than a week, because my last week was incredibly busy. I decided to move, and there was all kinds of excitement with that. I decided on a flat, though it’s still not 100%, and it will make my next month busy and expensive orz There’s no way around it, so yeah. Anyway, today I finally finish off July, and hopefully I can also post August soon. Anyway, let’s return to summer for now…

Flowers

Flowers

More flowers

More flowers

07/15-16 Monday-Tuesday
My Monday wasn’t interesting at all, just the usual school-slavery, and I was busy enough with studying and working that nothing interesting happened to me. On Tuesday I saw the small green birds playing in the trees at the campus. I wanted to take a photo, but they were just too fast, too small and too green – impossible to find them in the trees ^^;

My falafel-baba ghanoush lunch

My falafel-baba ghanoush lunch

The sky~

The sky~

I didn’t have food at home, so I eat out for lunch, and I was craving falafel for a change. Falafel and eggplant paste, so I went to Falafel Garden of course, and it was delicious. In the afternoon I had my class at Seika. After that I dropped by the Takaragaike Book Off after a long while – somehow I rarely visit it anymore, some genres traded places on the shelves since then too. I found some books I wanted, but they looked quite shabby already, so I decided to check out the store every other week at least, so I wouldn’t miss the new books while they still look okay. On the way home I saw some gorgeous colors and clouds in the sky, and it was the best ending for this long day.

My first dahl

My first dahl

And the upgraded version

And the upgraded version

07/17-19 Wednesday-Friday
Although I had my free day, I had to stay at home to learn and do my job. Regardless I had to go to the supermarket and cook lunch. I tried to make dahl for the first time in my life based on a recipe from my parents. It was very tasty, but the sauce wasn’t enough, so I decided to upgrade it a bit tomorrow. Since there was a discount on them, I decided to taste a few traditional anko sweets. I liked most of them, though I’m not really a fan of mochi. Nothing else interesting, maybe only a very loud cicada in the evening. I’m lucky, because despite being full in the summer already, at home I can only head the cicadas faintly in the background – which helps a lot to keep my sanity despite the heat. But tonight it seems one of them thought it could find a mate here and was rasping eagerly while I thought I would go mad any second. But fortunately after a while it realized there’s nothing but concrete here, so it flew away and it was peaceful once again.

My Thursday and Friday weren’t interesting at all, in the end I just tried doing what I had to and spent the afternoons in the Japanese classes. I had to do so, because I was planning to go to the shopping district on Saturday, so that means one whole day without any working and studying.

Anko-filled wagashi 1

Anko-filled wagashi 1

Anko-filled wagashi 2

Anko-filled wagashi 2

Anko-filled wagashi 3

Anko-filled wagashi 3


Actually there was one disturbance in the regular flow of my days: it turned out that the Monbukagakusho students had to make a speech at the end of the course, as a final exam so to speak. I remember having read about something like that in the beginning, but nobody mentioned a word about it since then, and I took a class about speeches anyway, so I thought that was it. It turned out our speeches are special, and we have to make it on the day of the closing ceremony on July 30. Of course we were shocked, because we had enough to do already, but what can you do. An on Friday there was the first meeting about this with as teacher responsible for our group. The only thing that made this whole ordeal a bit better was, that due to the speech class we all had to prepare a speech anyway, and we were allowed to re-use it at the final day – with a few adjustments of course, since one was supposed to have ppt, the other wasn’t. So after this we started preparing for both occasions.

The slice didn't fit on my plate at a whole

The slice didn’t fit on my plate at a whole

Is the melon too big or my fridge too small? XD

Is the melon too big or my fridge too small? XD

07/20 Saturday
Today I was supposed to meet another Hungarian living is Kyoto. Before I left my country I received his contact information in case something happened, but fortunately everything went smoothly so far. Now we agreed to meet in town to at least see eachother once if we live in the same town XD; But the meeting was in the afternoon, so I had other things to do before that. In the morning I went to the supermarket, and when I wanted to get some plums at the other grocery shop I discovered some huge, delicious-looking water melon slices. Of course I had to get one, but it hardly fit into my fridge XD

I can still feel the heat...

I can still feel the heat…

The newer gion

The newer gion

Still Gion

Still Gion


I left home after lunch and did some manga shopping after arriving to the Sanjo Book Off. It has been a long time since I visited this store, but I didn’t have much time, so I just grabbed a few books on both floors I just couldn’t leave there and left. My next destination was the Manga Museum, because I wanted to buy the ballet manga book. They had other interesting books and special retro manga as well, but all of them are so expensive, I’m not sure I will get any.

Ice cream waffle

Ice cream waffle

Citrus soda - was okay

Citrus soda – was okay

After the shopping I was rushing to the meeting point which wasn’t that great in the heat and crowd. We looked for a place to sit down and drank a coffee while talking about all kinds of things – in Hungarian. It’s an unusual but great feeling to be able to speak your mother tongue while living in a foreign country ^^ Later we left the store and were just walking around the area, even in streets I didn’t notice before, and then we crossed the river to walk around the north part of Gion – it was nice~ In the evening we went our separate ways, and I returned to manga shopping: I raided Lashinbang and then the OPA Book Off. It was still hot in the evening, so I ate some ice cream waffles. Actually I wanted taiyaki, but they didn’t understand what I was saying, but it turned out all well ^^ I arrived home quite late and you can imagine just how tired I was.

07/21 Sunday
The morning was spent with cooking – it was high time to eat some tomato-eggplant sauce with rice again~ But the culinary pleasures continued in the afternoon as well, since I bought a corn which I cooked and ate from the water melon too. Both tasted great~~~

Eggplant tomato sauce~

Eggplant tomato sauce~

Mixed

Mixed

Yummy corn~

Yummy corn~

07. 11-14. Thursday-Sunday

Refreshing lemon-cheese pocky

Refreshing lemon-cheese pocky

07/11 Thursday
The day of fear T__T I was waking up like usual and was planning to rest till my classes in the afternoon, but when I was putting away some tool in the kitchen, once again I noticed small black things in the storage under the sink. Upon checking further something just moved in the back of the cupboard – a cockroach T__T I immediately slammed the door of the cupboard, and everything became crystal clear: my first cockroach came from the cupboard as I tended to leave open all the time. More exactly they came from the small opening next to the water pipe going from the sink into the ground orz I had no idea what to do, so I just went to get some traps and poison. I cautiously removed all the tools and boxes I use from the cupboard, placed there tons of traps, and decided to close it forever! Now I had to rethink how to store everything in the tiny kitchen without any other cupboard. Later I got more plastic holders for everything, and now I have half of my stuff in the room, half on the trolley. After this I had a long, peaceful period without any cockroaches, but after this I was quite worried for a few days.

Package~

Package~

07/12 Friday
This morning I went to the supermarket for ingredients, and was surprised to find nameko mushrooms. They generally have them shrink-wrapped, so not fresh, but this one was, so I immediately had to get it. I was curious what it tastes like if it even has its own mascot XD It’s similar to shimeji, but slimy, and this sliminess increases during frying, but it’s a good thing. I made a pörkölt (goulash) with it, and it was very tasty~~~ It was crying for some sour cream with that sliminess, but it costs a fortune here, so I can’t make gombapaprikás ;__; It was still yummy, so it’s okay. Otherwise I tried to make another microwave cake, and tried a fruit pudding type of sweets – too jelly for my taste, but it wasn’t bad. I also got another delivery from home with some additional stuff (I needed some non-fuzzy kitchen cloths orz) – and a sandal XD Actually I was looking for one here, but couldn’t find any good ones, not to mention my feet are sensitive, so I’m bad with shoes. But my parents found and sent me one, and it turned out to be very comfortable even for walking longer distances~

Nameko

Nameko

Done~

Done~

Cake with jelly

Cake with jelly


Lunch at Matsuontoko

Lunch at Matsuontoko

Cake at the Manga Museum

Cake at the Manga Museum

07/13 Saturday
Today I was planning to go to the Manga Museum to attend the opening presentation of the ballet manga exhibition. It seemed to be a rainy day, and I wasn’t happy about that, but what can you do. In the morning I went to the supermarket, and I left before midday and had lunch at Matsuontoko – it was another interesting Japanese meal with fake meat. I didn’t have much time, so after some walking around I went to the museum. The event was held by the organizers of the exhibition, and it was interesting because of the tiny tidbits, and because there was a lot of talking about older shoujo and artists of the past. I decided to buy the book with the material too, because it has interviews with retro artists, and I could need that for my research. But in the end I postponed the shopping, because it was raining and I don’t like buying books in the rain. After the talk show I wanted to see the exhibition itself as well, but I was too tired already and didn’t have the patience, so I postponed that too.

London-yaki

London-yaki

The chicken

The chicken

I was hungry for sweets and coffee after the event, so I checked out the café of the museum. It’s strange, because you need to buy a ticket from a vending machine and bring it to the staff. The cake and the coffee is nothing special, but if you’re hungry it’s okay. I was considering what to do, since it was a wet day, but in the end I couldn’t go home without shopping. First I spent some money at Lashinbang, but in the end I even went to Animate and got some clear files ^^; Meanwhile I got hungry again, and while I was walking, I noticed a place that seemed to make traditional pastries: London-yaki. You can see the process, it’s quite amazing. Originally you can only see box prices there, but I saw how people were buying 1 or 2 as well, so I tried, though I wasn’t sure what I was buying. Sure, it looked like pastry and kind of a white filling, but it still had a chicken in the logo, so yeah. But of course it was pastry, castella dough with white anko filling – hot of the press, all yummy~

After the rain

After the rain

Cleaning up

Cleaning up

Clouds~

Clouds~


...after the rain

…after the rain

The colors were pretty...

The colors were pretty…

Meanwhile the rain stopped, and I shot some photos before going home. At the Eizan station I finally managed to catch the Komorebi train. It’s a special train painted with the colors and animals of the four seasons, and I wanted to take photos of it for a long while already. I stayed behind to take photos of it and rode it for the first time. Even inside they are environmentalist messages, so it’s really great. It was a long day, and was happy to get home.

Komorebi winter

Komorebi winter

Fall

Fall

Summer

Summer




Spring

Spring

The front

The front

The inside

The inside



Soup

Soup

Mixed with cream

Mixed with cream

07/14 Sunday
We had guerilla rains the whole day. Just when you thought it would finally stop for good, it started again with loud thunders and lightning. But okay, I wasn’t planning on going anywhere anyway, as I had to write my article, and I have two final tests next week. The only thing I did was cooking soup. Fortunately I found frozen green peas at the supermarket, so I could make a green peas-mushroom soup. And in the end I couldn’t bear it anymore, and added some cream to my mushrooms. Not perfect, as cream is sweeter, but at least something. Otherwise I was just diligently writing my article about mahou shoujo – I even forgot to watch Uchouten Kazoku on TV because of that ;__;

07. 10. Wednesday

Again the pretty blue flowers

Again the pretty blue flowers

07/10 Wednesday
After all the studying, researching and two presentations, I wanted to have a free day despite still having an article and the final chapter of my translation. Due to the ridiculously high temperatures I thought it would be better to stay at home, but yeah… First I had to go to the Hyakumanben 100 yen shop because they were having the discount day today. I decided to do a double, so I was spending quite a lot of time in the shop. I got many useful stuff for the kitchen and of course, sweets XD Such days are very busy for the shop, and I think there are a lot of people making use of it. I think I saw at least three shoplifters while I was waiting in the line at the cashier >_>

My lunch

My lunch

And the vegan ice cream

And the vegan ice cream

After shopping I went to Café Proverbs for lunch, because I wanted to postpone cooking. I picked Teriyaki Tofu Stake for lunch, and it was delicious~ Since it was hot I tried the vegan ice cream they have there, and it was good too. I need to get through their tarts and cakes as well~ Btw, probably since it wasn’t the first time I went there, when I was paying the waitress chatted with me a bit – like where I’m from, what am I studying and such, she was very cute ^^

Uchouten Kazoku ad at the station~

Uchouten Kazoku ad at the station~

Hi~

Hi~

After lunch I brought my shoppings home, cooled down a bit, renewed my sun blocker and headed for the Kyoto Botanical Garden. The thing is, there is no convenient public transportation from my home to the Garden, either you need to walk a lot, or transfer three times, which is ridiculous. In the end I decided to go down to Chayama by train and walk. It didn’t seem that long of a way, but in fact it was very far, especially in these temperatures orz Next time I will find something else for sure. It might be a detour, but there seems to be a bus near Demachiyanagi, which has a stop at the bridge near one of the entries, so yeah.

This was some kind of a Catholic church? They aren't pretty...

This was some kind of a Catholic church? They aren’t pretty…

A rare moment: the chic is trying to swallow a huge dragonfly!

A rare moment: the chic is trying to swallow a huge dragonfly!

Although I memorized the way, I regretted not bringing my map, because it seemed like I was walking forever, but still no sigh of the Garden. Strange thing, I found some places from April again, and it was like separate point getting linked together suddenly. On the way I saw the first real supermarket I found here, where I could buy ingredients too, a Kyoto Coop, and I realized I’m near the Sakyo-ku Ward Office. It was a nice surprise ^^ Anyway, after short detours in the unbearable hotness I found some maps, where I could identify where I was and where to go, and in the end I successfully found the Botanical Garden.

Finally arrived at the garden

Finally arrived at the garden

Summer...

Summer…

You have to purchase the ticket from a vending machine, which is always fun (you know, unknown machines for the first time), and then the guard explained where it would be the best to go for the flowers. He asked if I was speaking Japanese, to which I said only a bit, and then he switched to English – well, my bit is a bit more than that, but oh well XD; Okay, he was nice anyway. It was still burning hot, so I already knew it would be a torture to walk around more in the burning sun, but here were a lot of trees at least, so it wasn’t that bad – not to mention my straw hat was great the whole day. For skin protection and not to tease the prudish folks here I was wearing a thin cardigan to hide my arms and shoulders, but it was just too hot, so I had to take it off. The hat did a nice job to give at least a bit of a shadow to my shoulders and chest too~

Feather on the ground

Feather on the ground

Roots

Roots

Flowers

Flowers


Still flowers

Still flowers

Resting place

Resting place

Picture-book pumpkins *__*

Picture-book pumpkins *__*


Pumpkins hanging

Pumpkins hanging

Lotus

Lotus

A tiny lake

A tiny lake


And the garden – it’s huge and beautiful, though most of the flowers like roses and hydrangeas were already over their peak already. Still there were others, the sunflowers were gorgeous, not to mention the lotuses~ I particularly liked the part with the useful plant, where they had pumpkins hanging from above :D I was walking around a lot, saw many plants, and of course birds too. I think they were similar to our black bird, and they were living in a group there. I got there quite late, so I couldn’t get into the green house anymore, not to mention I only had 1:15 till the closing time, so I wasn’t able to see every single corner – though I was already dead tired from this much. Well, the Botanical Garden is a place for re-visiting, and the ticket is cheap too, just 200 yen.

The greenhouse

The greenhouse

Surprisingly... flowers

Surprisingly… flowers

A huge tree

A huge tree


On the way

On the way

The rose-season almost ended

The rose-season almost ended

The time of Hydrangeas was over too

The time of Hydrangeas was over too


Lake with more lotus

Lake with more lotus

Close-up

Close-up

Red sunflowers

Red sunflowers


On the way

On the way

At home~

At home~

After that I wanted to check out a department store near the Kitaoji station (it’s already the other river): Vivre. It was already hard to walk, but it was worth. The stores were just like usual, though I took note of a bakery on the way that could be interesting. To tell the truth my main point in going there was gacha – I was hoping to find some new ones here, or just something interesting. Although there were many machines, I was only interested in two: two Nyanko Sensei gacha machines~~~ My collection grew with two cute Nyankos :D

After this I was considering how to get home, but there was only walking – I noticed the detour bus to Demachiyanagi too late, but next time. By the time I got home I was already dead tired, but it was a nice day~

07. 01-09. Monday-Tuesday

Guh, I feel like I will never catch up in this blog, but I’m trying ^^; The new semester started and I was quite busy over the past few weeks. Now I can finally post the first half of July, and I promise the second part will follow in a few days. Actually my July was relatively boring, because I had to concentrate on the final exams, translating and my articles, and due to that I was confined at home most of the time, but there were still some interesting happenings.

Gorgeous flowers are the station

Gorgeous flowers are the station

I can't recommend these honey peanuts...

I can’t recommend these honey peanuts…

07/01 Monday
Early morning, but actually the only day I went to the uni. I had two presentations the next week and still a translation and article to finish, so I prioritized these. Not to mention this day wasn’t complete either, as I didn’t have to go for the third period, and of course I didn’t wait for the fourth. After getting some peanuts at Hyakumanben I came home, and I just went for shopping in the evening to have stuff for Wednesday’s cooking. And I got a melon again, because it was cheap~~~ Yeah, that’s all.

Another fruit jelly choco and baked choco - yumm~

Another fruit jelly choco and baked choco – yumm~

07/02 Tuesday
It was one of the worst days I had here. I have a problem with two of my wisdom teeth, and one of them was inflamed for a few days already, and it got pretty bad that day. I didn’t feel like doing anything doe to the pain, and only painkillers could give me a few hours of a breather. I knew about the problem, and that the teeth need to be operated out, but I didn’t have to do it before the departure, and I didn’t really want to do it here – kinda hoping I could postpone it till I go home next year. But I was seriously considering visiting a dentist that day, though still hoped with would be solved by itself.

I love the sea of flowers and the petals on the ground

I love the sea of flowers and the petals on the ground

Otherwise my morning was spent with reading an essay we would discuss at the seminar at Seika – of course I wouldn’t skip that. By the time I went there I was already on painkillers, so I was pretty absent-minded, but it was okay. After class I went to the library to read some manga, but I didn’t really have the patience. My mood wasn’t that great either, and I only wanted something to cheer me up – like a gacha. I couldn’t buy it on the way to Seika due to the lack of 100-yen coins, but after class I got instant coffee and cream powder and with the change I could try. I went to the gacha machines at Konan hoping I could get more Nyanko-sensei, but that machine wasn’t there anymore ;__; Still they had the one where I needed a figure from, so I tried. I thought about stopping because it was a bad day already, but tried anyway – at least I didn’t get a double.

Close-up

Close-up

At home I started reading for my presentation, and then the worst of the day happened – I had the first cockroach in my home T__T I was a shock, and a huge scare of course, as I never had to deal with these parasites so far. Of course it had to die, and from now on I won’t leave the kitchen and bathroom windows open, because I’m sure that’s where it came from. Generally I just leave bugs alive and didn’t care, but that’s not true for cockroaches. I guess I will buy something against them too – ewww… It was indeed a bad day…

07/03 Wednesday
I have to say I wasn’t feeling very safe after the cockroach experience last night, but I was happy I managed to kill it and life goes on. I had to prepare lunch in the morning, and I made something I never did before. It was troublesome, because I had to fry everything separately, and I only have one gas burner, but it was worth. It was basically a potato-tomato-eggplant dish and yummy~ Other than that it was my free day, though with my upcoming presentations, tests, translation and article I sure wasn’t bored.

Cooking in three steps:

Preparation

Preparation

Done

Done

Yumm~

Yumm~



From home~

From home~

Another yummy cereal choco

Another yummy cereal choco

07/04-07 Thursday-Sunday
On Thursday I didn’t do anything special, just went to the university and otherwise tried to work some.

Friday was only a tiny bit more interesting. I spent most of my day waiting for my first package from my parents. It turned out that I will need a few things from home in future as well, and they sent me the first package via airmail. There was a tracking number as well, so I knew the package would arrive today, but I was just waiting and waiting, and nothing happened. I didn’t even dare to go to the supermarket, so I wouldn’t miss it, and in the end it was delivered early afternoon. It was a nice feeling. The package arrived in less than two weeks, which is great. I got some deos, because the ones here are pretty much useless, some spices I can’t find here (Vegeta, marjoram) or are too expensive (parsley), my garlic press, my fave small knife because this size doesn’t seem to exist here and I only cut myself with bigger ones, my swim suit (though I didn’t get to use it :( ) and sponge cloths, because the one I use for wiping the excess water off doesn’t seem to exist here. Just imagine, I was able to wipe the sink dry after three months XD After getting the package I went to Shuugakuin for grocery shopping and to get more dehumidifiers from the drug store, and went to pay some bills at the conbini, like my health insurance and my Meikido DJ order.

Soup with bunapi mushrooms

Soup with bunapi mushrooms

Hi there...

Hi there…

My Saturday was less interesting, I just made a soup, and concentrated on my homework and job. I had to shop for groceries in the morning, and this time I went to the Fresco in the north. There was a taiyaki stall, so I got that despite being hot, I just felt like eating it. My mood wasn’t that great (mainly due to the rainy weather that was coming), so on the way home I wanted to cheer myself up with gacha, but I got my first double ;__; Better not to try these on bad days.

On Sunday I made broccoli with a white sauce. At home I would use cream for that, but since it’s too thin here, I made it with bachamel and it was great. I also felt like I need to make a cake or I would die. Sometimes I’m really craving things, and I’m always hungry… I guess something is missing from my diet here *sigh* Anyway, since I don’t have an over, I searched for the recipe of a microwave cake. In the morning I got some additional ingredients for that like dry fruits, and tried it in the afternoon. Sure, it’s different from a normal cake, but it was good, and quenched my hunger for cakes a bit.

A rainy day

A rainy day

Broccoli with bechamel sauce on rice

Broccoli with bechamel sauce on rice

Microwave cake

Microwave cake


Unknown fruits on an unknown tree

Unknown fruits on an unknown tree

Mystery building at Chayama

Mystery building at Chayama

07/08 Monday
After my long day at KyoDai I didn’t rest for once. I went to Chayama to do some shopping. The days are hotter and hotter, the sun is merciless, and sometimes I can’t use my parasol, so I decided to get a hat. At Quanat there are several shops carrying hats, but I had my eyes on a certain one from before. After taking a look around I ended up buying that one and a second animal spoon – a cat one for the violet eyes. In the meantime I lost that spoon already, maybe accidentally threw away with some rubbish :( I got some stuff at Yamaya too, and then headed home.

Dusk with crows

Dusk with crows

Tonic water with a nice bitterness~

Tonic water with a nice bitterness~

07/09 Tuesday
The day of my presentation at Seika. Actually I couldn’t finish everything on Monday, so in the end I decided to skip, and it was worth too. I was totally busy with the power point, taking photos of my manga (since I don’t have a scanner yet), so the morning quickly flew away. I wasn’t sure if there would be a laptop, so I just packed mine, which left me with a heavy baggage and it’s not that fun in the heat. Anyway, my presentation was the last one, and although I’m still at the beginning of my research with hardly any meaningful and really academic revelations, it felt nice to be able to speak about the points and artists I’m interested in. I got some nice tips as well, so after this semester I can fully devote myself to my research. The day was very tiring for me, so I was just happy to get home.