京都 2005.03.25 () - Day at the Market

Took the bus to the market at きたのてんまんぐう, which took some God-awful amount of time. I should have taken the train I took the day before, even though it involved more walking to get to the station.

The market itself was neat, but I didn't find anything to buy. I was very tempted by a nice きもののおび -- black with coloured brush-looking butterflies -- but even though it was only 2000, I was really looking for some unconstrained fabric. I found in the process that I don't know how to express that in 日本語. I tried using my dictionary, which suggested few words like おりもの for fabric... but unfortunately, those words could refer to fabric products as well, so it didn't really work. Later I found out from Lara that the word I wanted was きれじ.

Had a chocolate-covered banana and some sort of fried vegetable lunch... it was the food stall version of the kind of food I had with ひろ, later. I took the train back afterwards, and went to 京都駅 again, this time to get a bus map. I also got a jelly-filled-looking donut at the station -- it was actually filled with that sweat bean paste. あんだぎ, they're called, although this one wasn't deep fried.

Then I went to the Tour Club to leave a note for Lara, and then through the mall for some postcards, and finally through Gion north of 四条 looking for resaurants again.

Good prospects there. But while I was trying to decipher one or another restaurant sign, 3 まいこ came out of the building next to me! すごい! And just a little later, I saw another げいしゃ. ~5:50-5:55 seems to be a good time to be in Gion...

Didn't do much at the guesthouse that night.