11:30am I wake up to the sound of rain and motorbikes whizzing by. Last night I went out with friends to Karaoke until 3am and then made a few Skype calls, so I had a little sleep in. On Sunday I get pretty domestic: finish my laundry, vacuum and clean my room. My hair stinks like cigarette smoke from the Karaoke bar so it’s time to hit the showers. The showers in my dorm are communal but since I slept in so late no one’s in there, so I get the whole place to myself.
1:00pm Brunch time! I fry up two eggs and a couple leaves of sautéed Bok Choi. I put some rice on and mix in some seasonings to get started on my Onigiri for the coming week. Onigiri is a cheap and easy snack to help get me through classes!
Onigiri…I can only hope mine turn out this good!
The rain lets up for a minute so I hop on my bike (which I lovingly named ‘The Enterprise’ because of it’s willingness to boldly go where no man has gone before) and head to the 7-11 to get my weekly budget. It’s difficult for me to go into a 7-11 and not pick up a snack- there are so many cheap and delicious and unknown foods to try! I grab a grapefruit juice & a green tea mochi with red bean filling. Mochi is a small dessert made with rice flour on the outside and a sweet jam on the inside. Today was the first day I tried it and I love it! The texture and flavour are really unique and amazing.
Looks a little weird but tastes great!
I bike to Hanazono station where I grab a comfy seat on the train by the window and watch the grey day go by.
1:45pm Arrive at Kyoto Station. I love the ceiling in this place! Photos can’t do it justice.
I head to Yodobashi Camera to meet up with some friends who are shopping for Halloween costumes, among other things. Yodobashi Camera sells mainly electronics, but also has clothing, food, toys, home appliances, beauty products and basically anything you can think of. There is also a Uniqlo inside which reminds me a lot of Joe Fresh in Canada.
Yodobashi- Why are these headphones still popular?
Head Refresher? Weird stuff at Yodobashi
Sleeping Beauty Hip Pants? More weird stuff at Yodobashi
Book of photos with girls licking door handles? Weirdest stuff at Yodobashi
Some cute stuff at Yodobashi so you forget all that weird stuff
After finding some very interesting things at Yodobashi (one store in particular) we went to Teramachi Dori which is a really busy shopping street with lots of cool stores. Teramachi is a weird place. There are a lot of temples and a Pachinko parlour (slot machine/pinball casino) right in the shopping area.
A shrine on the way to Teramachi Dori
An Art Installation (made of water bottles) in the middle of Teramachi
A busy day at Teramachi
I managed to score a few items: a camera strap ($15) from Yodobashi and a pair of sparkly black flats ($24) from Pango Pango on Teramachi.
My finds for the day
7:00pm Walk back to the train and head home. In the rain.
Kyoto Tower at night
On the way I grab some groceries from Gyomu Supa because tonight I’ll attempt to make Nabe, a hot pot with soup broth, veggies, meat, tofu and noodles (no fish cakes for me thanks!). It’s the perfect meal after a day in the rain.
The final product: Nabe with ponzu sauce and kimchi
9:00pm I have some listening comprehension homework and a short writing assignment to complete! Then I’ll watch some of my new show: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e which is a hilarious Japanese TV series about a girl that pretends to be a boy so she can go to an all-boys school where her idol goes. It’s ridiculous but I can’t stop watching it!
11:30pm Bed time!
Time to hit the pillow!