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 >_>
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 ^^
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.
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.
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~
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.
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~