The Slightly Longer Way – Day 20

The Slightly Longer Way Series - Table of Contents

EntryNotable Places/EventsRSJP
Day 0 – Friday, May 05 2023 to Sunday, May 07 2023Flight from Edmonton to Tokyo-
Day 1 – Monday, May 08 2023Train from Tokyo to Kyoto-
Day 2 – Tuesday, May 09 2023RSJP Orientation DayW1D1
Day 3 – Wednesday, May 10 2023Placement test, Kinkakuji/Golden PavilionW1D2
Day 4 – Thursday, May 11 2023Kyo-Yuzen Dyeing WorkshopW1D3
Day 5 – Friday, May 12 2023Mori Touki-ken Pottery WorkshopW1D4
Day 6 – Saturday, May 13 2023Ichihime Shrine, Nishiki Market-
Day 7 – Sunday, May 14 2023Nara, Todaiji Temple-
Day 8 – Monday, May 15 2023UrasenkeW2D1
Day 9 – Tuesday, May 16 2023Nijojo CastleW2D2
Day 10 – Wednesday, May 17 2023Tojiin TempleW2D3
Day 11 – Thursday, May 18 2023Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto Sanjo Shopping Street, TsubomiW2D4
Day 12 – Friday, May 19 2023Kyoto StationW2D5
Day 13 – Saturday, May 20 2023Kamogawa River, Shimogoryo Shrine Kankosai-
Day 14 – Sunday, May 21 2023Shimogoryo Shrine Kankosai-
Day 15 – Monday, May 22 2023Kimono-ProW3D1
Day 16 – Tuesday, May 23 2023Ritsumeikan Library, Hama SushiW3D2
Day 17 – Wednesday, May 24 2023Domoto Insho House, Kamogawa, IchijojiW3D3
Day 18 – Thursday, May 25 2023Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Hama Sushi (with Kel)W3D4
Day 19 – Friday, May 26 2023Super KaraokeW3D5
Day 20 – Saturday, May 27 2023Nothing special-
Day 21 – Sunday, May 28 2023Demachi Masugata Shopping Street, a long walk home-
Day 22 – Monday, May 29 2023Nothing specialW4D1
Day 23 – Tuesday, May 30 2023Kyoto International Manga MuseumW4D2
Day 24 – Wednesday, May 31 2023Ritsumeikan LibraryW4D3
Day 25 – Thursday, Jun 01 2023Maiko/Geiko demonstrationW4D4
Day 26 – Friday, Jun 02 2023Final Presentation, Taiko LabW4D5
Day 27 – Saturday, Jun 03 2023Kusatsu-Juku Honjin, Lake Biwa Museum, Omi Hachiman (with Zian)-
Day 28 – Sunday, Jun 04 2023Omi Hachiman City Museum, Omi Jingu (with Zian)-
Day 29 – Monday, Jun 05 2023ArashiyamaW5D1
Day 30 – Tuesday, Jun 06 2023Nothing specialW5D2
Day 31 – Wednesday, Jun 07 2023Final exam, Osaka, Manga Cafe (with Zian)W5D3
Day 32 – Thursday, Jun 08 2023Osaka, Namba (with Zian)W5D4
Day 33 – Friday, Jun 09 2023RSJP Graduation DayW5D5
Day 34 – Saturday, Jun 10 2023Leaving Zian, Train from Kyoto to Tokyo, Ikebukuro-
Day 35 – Sunday, Jun 11 2023Shibuya, duo MUSIC EXCHANGE-
Day 36 – Monday, Jun 12 2023Shinjuku, Sakura House, Sophia University-
Day 37 – Tuesday, Jun 13 2023Akihabara-
Day 38 – Wednesday, Jun 14 2023Flight from Tokyo to Edmonton-
Final Thoughts--

Saturday, May 27 2023 (Day 20)

Random Notes

I still haven’t decided if I’m going to do a daily, weekly, or biweekly/occasional blog post while in Tokyo later this year, but can you imagine how long the Table of Contents would be if I did a daily post and had that style of Table of Contents running for an entire year? Even now it’s getting a little out of hand and I still have 10 more days or so to go. I think Satinel suggested looking into whether I can shrink the padding between each row a while ago as feedback for my last Japan trip, and I feel like I did that and may have even found a way but never implemented it. Or it didn’t work due to a litany of errors that I was getting at the time when trying to edit any CSS for the table.

Also, I think besides the Sangaria Maroyaka Banana Milk bottled drink that I love, I’ve found a second favourite drink as well, the Asahi Juurokucha (十六茶) , or Sixteen Teas, bottled tea drink. I’ve bought three or four of them this trip already from the local Aeon Style supermarket. I wonder if Tokyo has it too. Although for this one, a lot of the unsweetened/roasted teas from department stores and supermarkets at least taste somewhat similar.

In equally exciting news, I discovered on the 20th day in this apartment that there’s actually a sliding door between the kitchen and my bedroom. Odd but interesting. I’m not sure why it exists.

Today was an extremely uneventful day compared to just about every other day so far. Crunch time in the program is coming up, with a two-chapter quiz on Monday, a 5-7 minute presentation for which we have to write the script, memorize it, and make Powerpoint slides for it by Friday, then a final exam next Wednesday, and a “giving back to the teachers” stupid skit next Friday on the very last afternoon, that I think we have to come up with and then memorize lines for too.

Anyway, I burnt most of today actually writing up my presentation essay, and this took many hours, so I didn’t go out at all except to raid the nearby Aeon Mall Kyoto Gojo for discounted bento boxes at about 7:15-7:30 pm or so. I did send the essay to our Tuesday teacher, Ms Hara, over email. She had given us her email address last Tuesday and told us to contact her if we wanted her help with corrections. She corrected it and sent it back to me within a couple of hours, which I really appreciated since it’s a weekend.

Breakfast was this mess that I don’t want to talk about, except that it was “warabi mochi” but was really just sticky balls rolling around in sandpaper. It was also four days past its expiry date. It didn’t kill me.

And this, a cake roll thing:

I bought both of those on May 21, 6 days ago, they’re in a picture at the bottom of that day’s diary entry.

For lunch, I had the other oden packet that I bought yesterday. That made me really full.

For dinner, I went out to the mall as mentioned, and bought a couple of discounted bento boxes. As mentioned.

I also got a couple onigiri for tomorrow morning, a bottle of that Juurokucha, and a bento box with noodles, an egg, cabbage, and something that resembled a folded okonomiyaki. That one wasn’t actually from the Aeon Style supermarket, but one of the deli stores outside and across from it, called Cabbage Grilled, or Cabbage Yaki, depending on if you read the English or Japanese sign.

I mostly put all that there because I wanted to transcribe the English on the glass boards when I got home, since I thought it was probably the only branch of the store in Japan or something since I had never heard of it and it seemed like a one person’s passion sort of thing. Not quite, though close, their shop has seven locations (local) (translated) currently, five in Osaka, one in Kyoto, and one in Hyogo.

Still, that is hardly going to disqualify it from being transcribed so it can be Googled or anything, since this might very well be unique to this particular store branch anyway. The English reads:

Enjoy our western-style grilled food. Even though it is inexpensive, it is a hearty meal.

I evoke nostalgic memories for those who are older; it lets the young people to enjoy something new!

It is a good dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also perfect for snacks and for beer.

It is extremely popular among women, too, because not only is it healthy, providing about 243kcal per sheet, it is also easy to digest!

Grilled cabbage can play an active role in all kinds of occasions.

Well, they tried, at least.

I was also stuck in a checkout line behind a couple that had something like six baskets while on the way out of the supermarket. I was in no hurry though and watched them curiously.

Last but not least, this happened late yesterday after dinner but I somehow managed to snap my apartment’s cutting board in two.

I just can’t even.

I have nothing more to say.

Here’s a damned haiku.

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