Luckily we could find a Soba restaurant close there. It was a nice restaurant. There was a small garden through a window. It was an authentic Japanese style house. Yu-chan and Drew ordered duck-soba, and Kiyo-san and I ordered grated radish-soba. We were hungry but soba didn’t come soon. All restaurants in Kyoto always need a lot of time. I don’t usually eat soba, but that soba was really good. Soba was thin, and the soba soup was a bland but enough strong. I think they use a different taste soup for each soba.
When we left there, it was raining. Recently, it always rains when I visit Kyoto. We bought two umbrellas.
Next, we went to Nijo Castle. Nijo Castle is one of my favorite castles. You can see Japanese histories in the castle. We got on the subway again and got off at Nijo Castle Station. You can see the castle in front of you. Unfortunately, the castle was closed because of the winter vacation. We only took a picture in front of the castle and went for lunch. We got on a bus and got off at Daitokuji-mae. There is a nice café that is owned by my friend near Daitokuji. The café used to be a public bath and it was remodeled into a café. I had to say ‘unfortunately’ again. It was closed because of a regular holiday. Why??? The Internet said the regular holiday is Wednesday, and it was Tuesday. I was disappointed. We had to look for another restaurant.
We saw some rooms and gates. Some of them had beautiful fusuma. There are some palaces in Gosho. All of them weren’t built at the same time. They are the different kinds of constructions. I visit temples or shrines often, but Gosho isn’t likely those architectures. I can image the people who wore tall hats kicked a ball and wrote a poem in the garden. Gosho was a good place, I wanted to visit there at the different season, spring or fall, but the guide wasn’t good. I completely couldn’t understand what she said. I know why. My English hearing isn’t good. But Kiyo-san, Yu-chan and Drew agreed with me.
Ito-chan’s friends, Kiyo-san, Yu-chan and Drew, came to Japan and we went to Kyoto, yesterday. We met at Imadegawa Subway Station at 9:30 A.M. and went to Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace). It is tough to go to Gosho, because you need permission and it opens only weekdays. We entered into the tour explained in English. Gosho was in great state. Many guards stood around there. We went into Gosho and watched a video about Gosho in a waiting room. The tour started at 10:00A.M. A tour guide was a Japanese girl. First, she told us that day’s course, and the tour started.
An old couple lives in next to my apartment. I don’t know them a lot. I just say “ohayou-gozaimasu” or “konbanwa”. They have a cute dog. I sometimes pet it. He is always very fine. They take care of many flowers. I don’t grow flowers myself, so their flowers treat me. They wake up early, and talk to the flowers. They seem a nice couple.
Recently, someone cuts and stoles their flowers. They are angry and disappointed. Growing flowers is one of their funs. If that guy knows their life, of course, he/she won’t be able to do such a pity thing. I want that guy no to do it anymore.
This season makes me blue because of New Year’s Card, especially for business. Our division has some branches, and they send New Year’s Card to the same professors. I think it’s not good to send the same postcard, so I change the designs. It’s sometimes interesting, but sometimes boring.
I sometimes produce some miswriting postcards. This season makes me blue because of New Year’s Card, especially for business. Our division has some branches, and they send New Year’s Card to the same professors. I think it’s not good to send the same postcard, so I change the designs. It’s sometimes interesting, but sometimes boring. I sometimes produce some miswriting postcards.
The post office changes those postcards to the new ones if you pay 5 yen each. The post office says it’s better to wait until the day of drawing. If you were lucky, I would win a valuable thing; like a digital camera, LCD TV, or something. It is true. But the post office doesn’t change those cards to the New Year’s postcards after the lottery. They only change them to normal postcards or stamps. Of course, it is enough, if you use those cards or stamps, but we don’t use them. I’ve already had some miswriting New Year’s cards. I think we might want to donate them to UNICEF.
Moomin passed away. As you know, Moomin is a name of character in a children story. But its animation is more famous in Japan. When I was a kid, I really liked to see Moomin. I had to choose “Attack No.1” or “Moomin” in a hospital. The doctor stopped me to see both of them. Many children studied something under Snufkin. When Moomin had a problem, he always went to and talked to Snufkin. In retrospect, Moomin might be myself. Kishida Kyoko-san dubbed Moomin. Of course, she was a great actress, but in my image, she was Moomin. She passed away. I pray sincerely for the repose of her soul.
Last night was a nightmare. We had a welcome party last night because two employees came to our office this month. We went to a nice Italian restaurant. I went there a few months ago. They have good and reasonable wines. We toasted with sparkling wine. My seat was in front of Mr.M, who was the new co-worker. First, it was nothing special. It was the usual party. But a few minutes later, Mr.M completely changed. His voice became louder and louder and he started to speak blue jokes. I wanted to cover my ears. The worst thing was that he put rice out from his mouth during he was speaking!!! Gross. I couldn’t eat anything. I moved to another seat afterwards. He was still speaking. I wanted to end the party soon, but it finished three hours later. Every co-worker was tired.
I don’t want to go out with Mr.M anymore. What should I do?
Ito-chan bought me plum wine. It was sweet and good.
The interior decoration was a Japanese style. The noren is hanged in front of the door. The counter is made of only one board. It seems clean and holy. A big rock is put on the middle of the restaurant for decoration. It seems like a small Japanese garden. There is no price card. We choose sushi items from some boards hanged on a wall. Of course, we can see sushi items in a small cold store in front of the counter.
We ordered a lot of sushi; plaice, horse mackerel, mackerel, sea urchin, deep-water shrimp ect. All of them were good. Ito-chan said it was the best sushi she had ever eaten. I was happy to hear that because I recommended that sushi restaurant. The master seemed happy, too, because he didn’t believe that we would be back. But it was worth waiting.
I don’t usually have a chance to go to a sushi restaurant, but I thought Japanese have to go to a sushi restaurant sometime.
At the department store, we looked at ceramic works. Ito-chan wanted to buy Christmas presents for her relatives. The department isn’t big but they have many options. She looked at those goods, but it was hard to choose. I didn’t buy anything, but looking at those goods is a lot of fun. Ito-chan pick them up and looked at carefully. She bought some balls made of Japanese cypress (they are used to make ‘Hinokiburo’), a soap made of tofu, a square cloth for wrapping and coasters.
When we realized, 1 hour had already passed. We felt hungry and went back to Sushi restaurant again. It was still crowded but we could take seats. I don’t usually go to Sushi Restaurant, so ordering Sushi is kind of adventure. First, I ordered cuttlefish. Ito-chan ordered, of course, beer.
Ito-chan came back to Japan a few weeks ago, and went back to the U.S. a few days ago. She is like a typhoon. While she was in Japan, we did lots of things. The most memorable experience was “eating Sushi”.
She said she wanted to eat Sushi and asked me if I knew a good Sushi restaurant. I know the good restaurant in Moriguchi, so we went there. Recently, a belt-conbeyor sishi is very popular, but if you want to eat a traditional sushi, you have to go to a sushi restaurant.
When we got the restaurant, it was crowded and there was no room. We said we would be back later, and went to Keihan Department Store. Ito-chan sometimes laughs because I always write about the stories that I visited Keihan Department Store, but I guess she could understand why I visit there often.
We climbed again, but it was only 700 meters. We could see the station soon. But when we got there, a cable car had just left. We had to wait 30minutes. When we got there, there was no one at the station. But when we got on the cable car, many passengers gathered there. Some of them were from China. I don’t know why they chose Hieizan, because many tourists want to go to Kyoto or Nara, but I think their choice was fine. The cable is only 11 minutes and 840yen. Do you think it is expensive? I don’t think so. It is worth riding. Especially if you know how hard climbing up Hieizan.
We got off at Cable Sakamoto Station, and walked to Keihan Sakamoto Station. The street was beautiful because of autumn color. The street was wide enough, so we could enjoy walking even if it was raining. Sakamoto was a beautiful town. I want to visit there again. We got on Keihan Ohtsu Line and changed the trains a few times. We got off at Sanjo Station and walked to Shijo. We bought pickle and dinner at Takashimaya. The basement of Takashimaya is fantastic. You can buy whatever you want. We looked around several times and considered what we would buy. All of stuff seemed delicious. Finally, Ito-chan and I chose the same Obentou.
We got on a train again, and went back to our homes. It was one of the most satisfying days in my life.
We went into Enryakuji. The entrance fee was 550yen. It seems cheap. We didn’t have enough time, so we only went into Konpon-chuudou. It was a national treasure and built in 788. Its outside didn’t seem big, but inside was huge. The ceiling is really high and we could see a basement. It was magnificent.
After that, we looked around Enryakuji a little, and started going down the mountain. We passed a cable car station. Some people were climbing a steep trail. We felt happy because we just went down. We passed two shrines. Then, Ito-chan said, “this road is closed to traffic due to construction work.” The sign said that kind of things. Oh, no! We had to climb again!!! We decided going back to the cable car station. It was raining. We were miserable.
We stopped several times. We sweated a lot. I thought I had never sweated like that before. It was a really cold day, but that day was good for hiking. Finally, we arrived at a gondola station. There was no one around there. The trail from there to Enryakuji-temple was easy. We had rooms in our hearts, so we looked around carefully. We could see a whole Kyoto city. It was smoggy, but still beautiful. We walked through a ski area and comfortable trail.
Ito-chan and I went to Hieizan last Thusday. Hieisan is one of the most sacred mountains in Japan. We wanted to ride a gondola, but it was out of service. So we decided climbing the mountain. We got off at Shugakuin Station. A guidebook said it was a 5.5-hour trail. First, we walked along a river, and then started climbing. I can’t explain how hard it was. The first part of trails is always steep. But next part is usually flat. But in this trail, there was no flat part. Sometimes we couldn’t climb without hands. There were many fallen leaves in the trail, so we couldn’t see our steps. We could walk lightly first several minutes, but we had to stop and take a break afterwards. I have never thought that I couldn’t walk anymore, but that time I thought I couldn’t walk. I felt I wore Geta made of iron.
Now a cell phone is used by everybody, but a cell phone was only for business several years ago. When a cell phone started spreading in public, it was the big competition. Each cell phone company made unique TV spot. TU-KA phone became popular because of its name and its TV spot. The first commercial film actor was Harrison Ford. He was running through Osaka town by bike. Some Osaka people talked to him in Osaka dialect in that CM. I think many Osaka people felt familiar to him. After that, TU-KA used big named actor and musician; Brad Pitt and Janet Jackson. Brad Pitt was famous enough, but after that he became more famous and a big star.
TU-KA went bankrupt a few years ago, and another company and TU-KA merged.
Recently, Brad Pitt is in Soft Bank commercial film. I thought TU-KA merged with Soft Bank, but it merged with AU. I felt he was a backstabber…