京都 2005.04.01 () - せんとうごしょ and しんきろう

Went by しんきろう on my way out on this morning, and people were about. Made my reservation (clumbsily, but effectively), and then went back and told ゆい that it was taken care of.

Walked to the 京都 park area and got a custard horn on the way. Wandered to 京都大学 to waste time, and then back to the せんとうごしょ. It's a nice garden; smaller than かつら or しゅうがくいん, but somehow more beautiful because of it. They didn't have photo restrictions or ask for my passport here. I was starting to run low on film, so I bought some at a stand after せんとう.

Next I went to Nijou Palace ("Castle"), but didn't think it was that wonderful. Maybe it would be better after the blossoms bloom... One problem is, you pay to get on the grounds, and then there's a few other areas that you have to pay just as much to get into an inner area. I just didn't think it'd be worth it.

After 二条 I went down 河原町 looking for アニメ stores, with no luck at all. I did find a sushi conveyer belt place, and it is wonderful! Delicious and only ~$1 per plate (2 pieces), or ~$2 for the fancier ones. I had 5 plates for 630, after tax. It's better than any sushi I've had in the states.

After the sushi, I continued to look for アニメ shops -- and never found one! Oh well, I figured, not too important...

Went back to the guesthouse until Matt and Lara arrived. Our reservation was at 9pm. Dinner was fantastic. Although it took a lot of (fun) attempts with the waiter, we ordered 3 dishes (one each) and shared them all -- some raw tuna with greens dish, うなぎ on rice, and おさしみ which Matt grilled on a ceramic coal device they brought out. Wonderful stuff! Even the たい was delicious. (I had been too unsure to try the sea bream at the sushi place. Actually, we weren't able to figure out what たい meant until after leaving; the waiter even tried borrowing someone's electronic dictionary, but it wasn't English! The waiter did make some good sketches of shrimp and radish...). We left our thanks and collected some めいし.

I walked Lara and Matt back -- well, we sort of scurried due to their curfew (we made it at 10:59). On the way back to the guesthouse, I stopped at WAO / The Cube / こつ-something and got Kill Bill 1 (the Japanese DVD version). Dinner had been surprisingly cheap (~4800 for all 3, including sake), but after the video and 2200 worth of film earlier, today came out at almost $100.