10. 07-13. Monday-Sunday

Yummy pastries~

Yummy pastries~

A huge cloud is coming

A huge cloud is coming

10/07 Monday
During the weekend it turned out the registration for the language course for this semester ended last Friday. I have to admit I “forgot” it kind of intentionally, because I still didn’t know if I should take any classes at all. In the end I went to KyoDai in the morning and tried my luck if I could still register. One of the administrator seemed to know me by name (how? o_O) and after a bit of grumbling I could register. There’s still the placement test this week, but I hope I can take Intermediate III classes on Thursday and Friday.

This plant is giving off an amazing scent! The whole town is filled with it *__*

This plant is giving off an amazing scent! The whole town is filled with it *__*

Close-up

Close-up

After lunch at home I left for Seika – and the heat is still unbearable for walking around orz In class we started watching a recent Korean animation – an interesting experience. At the supermarket on the way home I found some delicious-looking chestnuts. It’s expensive, but I felt like eating them, so I bought it, and tried to bake half of it. Unfortunately it wasn’t very successful as more pieces literally exploded in the oven (I never had that at home o.o), the skin didn’t really want to come off and they are not sweet either *sigh* Now I’m trying to figure out how to do better with the second half of the pack…

This was the situation in the north

This was the situation in the north

Clouds~

Clouds~

The not so great chestnuts

The not so great chestnuts


Lunch

Lunch

This choco is quite yummy

This choco is quite yummy

10/08 Tuesday
I only had one lecture at Seika, because the pHD seminar was used for personal consultation. The lecture was about Murakami Takashi and Kitazawa Rakuten (separately, not together), so it was interesting. After the class I just came home and tried to learn a bit for the placement test I wanted to take tomorrow – without much luck.

This broccoli cream with cheese - almost like at home

This broccoli cream with cheese – almost like at home

Done~

Done~

10/09 Wednesday
It was raining in the morning and I felt quite bad anyway, so the day wasn’t that great for me. I really considered taking the placement test on Thursday, but I just wanted to get over with it. While I was walking from Demachiyanagi to the Yoshida South Campus of KyoDai I was caught by a guerilla rain. It lasted for like 20 minutes only, but it was raining so bad that I got totally drenched despite having an umbrella. Now I really felt like I should have stayed at home for the day, but there was no return. I took the test but it wasn’t easy, and feeling bad and cold I was impatient too. I wasn’t really sure if I could pass for Intermediate III, but at least I felt it was better than in April. Anyway, the results would be out of Tuesday.

Nice colors

Nice colors

Nice sunset

Nice sunset

10/10 Thursday
Although the results won’t be out till next week, we already have to attend the classes we would like to take, so in the afternoon I went to the two classes I had my eyes on. Both are reading classes, but I will drop the first one, because I don’t care about economics vocabulary, and the teacher has issues with speaking and hard to understand. I guess I will take a kanji class instead… After the class I dropped by the Hyakumanben 100-yen shop because they had their monthly discount~

I'm still amazed oranges grow here in the gardens

I’m still amazed oranges grow here in the gardens

10/11 Friday
The two classes I had my eyes on are in the morning, like starting at 8:45, so after a long while I had to get up early once again. That’s something very hard to get used to with my daily routine here, but I guess I will keep these classes. I just have to figure out the breakfast/brunch situation – today I bought something at the bakery, but it’s not an option on the long run or I will get hopelessly fat. Hm… It was nice to have the afternoon free, but I was just too tired after sleeping late last night and getting up early in the morning, so I was hardly usable for the rest of the day.

Soup

Soup

10/12 Saturday
I was lucky enough to have a carrot sale at the supermarket the day I had to make a soup~ After shopping I had to cook, otherwise I was enjoying not having to go anywhere for a change. The temperature went down a bit, so it’s not that hot anymore, though still not enough for me. And a bad thing happened too: I wanted to bake the second half of the chestnuts today, because I thought they have dried enough over the week, but it seems they were infected by some parasite, so in the end I had to throw out the whole thing :( Talk about wasting money *sigh* But now I know the chestnuts here are no good, so I won’t be tempted anymore…

There's a baby paprika in my p-man!

There’s a baby paprika in my p-man!

Lunch with mushrooms, tofu and salad

Lunch with mushrooms, tofu and salad


10/13 Sunday
Today I had to prepare the main dish for my lunch. Not particularly difficult, but it took a lot of time with my one gas burner. While I my rice cooker prepared the brown rice I fried the tofu I marinated yesterday. Unfortunately the tofu here is so soft it’s breaking at the slightest touch, but well, it tastes good anyway. Still, I would like to find a tofu here that’s more firm. While I fried the tofu in three rounds I cut the mushrooms (shimeji and bunapi), onion, and I fried these next. I could buy some butter for a good price recently, so I decided to use it in the dish. I fried the onions in oil, but when I added the mushrooms, I mixed in some butter as well. The seasoning is plain, salt, pepper, chili, and the most important: parsley. The end result was delicious, the butter gives a nice accent to the mushrooms. Actually the whole thing was screaming for white wine, so I guess I have to buy some to use it in dishes like this. My salad was a mixture from p-man and cucumbers, and my apple vinegar was perfect for it.

Nothing else happened, only that someone tried to deliver pizza to my room ^^; I was watching a Hungarian TV show on my laptop with a towel on my head, so of course I didn’t open the door – not to mention it’s not sure he would have believed I wasn’t the one ordering. The poor guy stood there for a while, though I don’t really get that either, because they should have the phone number of the one who ordered. Anyway, I hope he found the right address in the end.

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10. 01-06. Tuesday-Sunday

Sorry for the big break. My past month was quite busy, because I’m finally moving to another flat, and there were all kinds of different stuff related to that. Well, it’s still not over, as the move itself is this weekend – good thing there’s no university this week and the next… And there I thought maybe I should skip the rest of the summer and quickly catch up with the current happenings. The thing is, half the August and September entries isn’t written, while I have a complete October and an almost complete November, so it might be better to get to the current happenings, and I will get back to the Summer entries over the winter holiday or so. So in the coming days I will post all of October and part of November, and hopefully catch up after the move~

My lunch with sauce

My lunch with sauce

I had this delicious pastry for dinner *__*

I had this delicious pastry for dinner *__*

10/01 Tuesday
In the morning I had to make a sauce for my sweet potato-kabocha mix, and then rush to the supermarket for some great sales. Since I have to arrive before 13:00 at Seika, lunch was rushed due to all these. The classes were intense, and I was dead tired when we finished around 17:45. On the way home I stopped by the supermarket there too, because I forgot one item that was on sale. In the end I bought even more, because that shop had totally different fruits than the one at Shuugakuin, and Tuesday fruits are sold at a 20% discount. Anyway, I was glad I could buy some fruit for dinner. Btw it was over 30 °C today – a record apparently, because there hasn’t been such a hot October-day for 14 years. And no, I wasn’t happy about this…

Slowly getting color

Slowly getting color

10/02 Wednesday
I was reading manga last night – again, and went to sleep too late – again orz I should stop this already. Due to this I totally didn’t feel like going anywhere, but I had to sign for the scholarship if I didn’t want to get it late again. Before that I had another trip to the supermarket, as they finally had eggs on discount. In the end I left in the afternoon for Seika – because signing would be there from now on. It was exciting, because I had no idea, but next time I will already know where and how. After that I dropped by the library to read some manga (Ima Ichiko’s Homeless Salaryman and Shimizu Reiko’s Deep Water totally recommended!!!), and on the way home I considered checking out the Book Off there, but thinking about my possible purchases in Osaka during the weekend, I better save it for that time. Still I dropped by the supermarket on the way home, and ended up with a few additional stuff.

I love these berries

I love these berries

These too...

These too…

Sunset~

Sunset~


10/03 Thursday
Today I was planning to spend the day at home, because it was too much action for the week already. Actually I’m out of olive oil and need some clothes, but I’m postponing that trip to next week. Instead I got some stuff at the supermarket for cooking tomorrow, and made a copy of my residence card at the conbini. Yeah, there was a twist with my application for a debit card, because it requires an account with the bank, and as a foreigner I’m restricted from opening one in the first six months I’m here. That’s why I got another mail from Rakuten to resend the copy of my ID, and of course I waited till the time the six months were up – hence I went to make a copy today. This time I knew which machine to use, and it turned out it has an English menu, so it ended without a hitch – well, almost, because I realized in the afternoon at home, that I left my ID in the machine orz I had a feeling it would be like that and I tried to be careful, but it still happened. Somehow I wasn’t really worried, because I had the feeling the conbini personal had it, and it was indeed like that. It would have been troublesome, so in the end I was lucky nothing happened. Otherwise I’m in a bad mood, who knows why…

Tofu block

Tofu block

Delicious hiratake

Delicious hiratake

10/04 Friday
Today I had to prepare lunch. The last time I discovered a new type of mushroom, Hiratake at the supermarket they usually don’t offer, and since the price was okay too, I decided to try it. If it doesn’t cost a fortune I’m willing to try any mushrooms, they are yummy~~~ I also got some shjimeji, p-man, so I fried them together with some onion. Hiratake is delicious by the way, and I will get it again, if they have it at the supermarket. It turned out we also have it in Hungary (laskagomba), but somehow I don’t remember it being this tasty and fleshy…

Fried rice with eggs~

Fried rice with eggs~

I also wanted to try tofu, but I so far I couldn’t decide which. At home I could only eat smoked tofu, not to mention the ones here aren’t firm enough for my taste, but well, I decided to try a more firm looking one anyway. I fried it with salt, pepper and garlic, but the inside of the tofu was still kinda tasteless, so I do need smoked tofu. (On Sunday it tasted much better, so I guess I have to marinade it.) Today I used all these for fried rice with adding an egg to the mix – yay~ Otherwise, nothing special.

10/05 Saturday
A trip to Osaka~~~ A friend from Hungary came to Osaka with a one-year scholarship, and I went to meet him. It’s so unbelievable we met here and like this :D And there was another interesting aspect of this meeting on this day. Generally we would go to the Hungarian anime convention MondoCon together, and it turned out today _was_ the MondoCon in Hungary XD

The sleeping town

The sleeping town

Morning preparations

Morning preparations

I wanted to do some shopping as well, so I woke up quite early to leave for Osaka. The weather report said there would be rain all day, and it was raining a bit in the morning, so I brought my umbrella and no sunglasses – a mistake apparently, as it wasn’t raining at all, the sun was shining a bit and it was damn hot and humid… The umbrella was in the way the whole day, so I need to get a new fold one – but I’m also sure it would have rained if I didn’t bring any, so yeah ^^; I was in Osaka around half past 9 already, and wanted to go to the only manga-related shops opening at 10, the Animate and Lashinbang in Nanba. I arrived too early, so I was randomly walking around the sleeping town. Most of the shops were closed or just opening in the arcade, but there were already long lines in front of the pachinko parols – well… Anyway, there were only few people on the streets, so me being white was even more standing out XD I quickly ran around Animate, but nothing caught my attention, so I went to raid Lashinbang and despite my efforts to save money I found some stuff I just couldn’t leave there.

Lunch~

Lunch~

We sat down to find out where we were XD

We sat down to find out where we were XD

At 11 I met said friend at Honmachi, because I wanted to have lunch at Green Earth – hoping that it would be open this time XD; We still had 20 minutes till the opening, so we were walking till then – and almost couldn’t find back XD The place was open, and we got the daily lunch plate – costs 700, but adding 150 you can pick coffee or tea too. The place was interesting, because the owner speaks English, so we got into the funny situation that he was speaking English all the time, while we were speaking Japanese ^^; The lunch included a thick soup with some fake meat I guess, sekihan, broccoli with some sea weed, salad and some kind of a pumpkin dish maybe mixed with fake meat? Anyway, I loved it, like the whole lunch~ I will eat here the next time I go to Osaka for sure~

Taking a rest

Taking a rest

Interesting greenery

Interesting greenery

I wanted to go to the Mandarake next to Shinsaibashi, so we wanted to walk there. But soon it turned out we headed north instead of south ^^; Well, Japan is hard to figure out without street names… Oh well, we didn’t hurry anywhere. But then it got complicated again, because I didn’t check in the morning where exactly Mandarake was, and it took me a while till I realized we went further in the West than necessary, but in the end we found it, and we saw many parts of the city and ate conbini pancakes during a break~ Delicious, didn’t even know the Seven Eleven pancakes were this good~ We spent a long time at Mandarake, and both of us were buying a lot XD

Comic illu on the wall

Comic illu on the wall

The place was full of these street lamps with the most different colorings

The place was full of these street lamps with the most different colorings

After this we weren’t sure where to, but away from that part of the city, because it was getting very crowded… My friend was planning to go to a gathering and I couldn’t decide if I should visit the Umeda Mandarake as well, but in the end both of us went there and had another round of shopping – well, especially me ^^; In the end my bags were incredibly heavy, so it was a fight to get them home. It was already getting late, so while I went to Osaka with Keihan I choose Hankyuu this time. At the station I had to fend off a drunk salaryman, who wanted to be too polite to me while I was buying water. Hm… I was happy to be able to sit down on the crowded train, and in Kyoto I choose a bus where I had the least to walk and dragged my heavy book-luggage home.

It was a great day and we will repeat it for sure. However I only have a few photos, because I had too much stuff to carry around orz

Tofu and fried mushrooms

Tofu and fried mushrooms

Plain soup

Plain soup

10/06 Sunday
I woke up with a huge headache due to lack of sleep and an aching body due to all the running around yesterday. Because of that I was just resting and resting a bit to a class next week. The bad thing, today it was 32°C again!!! When will this heat stop already?! T__T