京都 2005.04.06 () - Museums and しんきろう

I slept in really late this day, and then got up and investigated museums. Picked a few out and set out walking. First was the National Museum, which was nice enough. Afterwards, I walked up by the river, and the cherry blossoms were out south of 五条 -- lovely! Unfortunately, the school museum I wanted to visit was closed for some sort of holiday. I stopped by Animate, an アニメ store in 寺町, but didn't find anything of interest. I had a sushi lunch, and then walked by another museum, but passed it by in favor of the のむら Museum. Unfortunately, when I got there I found it beseiged by tour groups, so I gave up and headed back to the guesthouse.

After a break, I headed out for dinner. My plan was to revisit both the western food place and しんきろう before leaving in a couple days. I started out for the western food place... but on the way I remembered that しんきろう is closed on Thursdays! So I headed there instead, and they were greatfully not busy.

I asked for suggestions, which involved a bit of broken communication. After some discussion with the waiters, the cook asked me ``something something ましょうか?'' I'm sure I had a blank look on my face for a couple seconds before it clicked, ah ha!, ``ましょうか'' means that he's making a suggestion. I had no idea what that suggestion was, but I readily agreed.

First, I recieved (1) a small bowl of だいこん. I thought maybe it was just a taster. Then came (2) おさしみ, which I had mentioned during the suggestions. I thought great, I'll just ask for desert to fill this out. Then came (3) an (uncooked) salad with some semi-sweet bread-like stuff, greens, and sweet tasting tomatos. Is this considered desert, I wondered? I'd have to be tactical asking for another... But next was (4) cooked fish in sauce. I started to wonder if I was supposed to say when I'd had enough, and how much this would all cost. (5) was some sort of cooked salad -- greens with some sort of salty (or otherwise crystalline) substance, and (6) was a beef thing -- so glazed and small by western standards I thought that it was a sweet when I first saw it. It was very tender and tasty, albeit with a lot of fat; beef can be a delicacy in Japan. By now I knew I wouldn't be ordering any desert -- aside from possible cost concerns, I was getting rather full! (7) was ご飯 and みそ, and ``次はデザート''. (8) for desert was some sort of pudding jelly with a (nice and sweet) small strawberry, and some sweat bean paste. Total cost: 3000. すごい!

In the course of the meal, I had asked who the owner was. The answer was, the cook's friend. After dinner, he showed me a few photo booklets of her -- one when she was まいこ, and two as げいしゃ. Quite interesting to see a picture of a げいしゃ cuddling a cat... there were some photos of her performing in 都をどり, even. A very amazing night.

After that I wandered awhile, taking some photos of and hoping to run into a げいしゃ (there were some inside a restaurant, but no such luck in the alleys). When I got back to the inn, I found that ひろ had been by, and was sad that I missed him. He left his めいし. I decided that if I were to go out again on my last night for pictures, I'd do so later in the evening, in case ひろ might stop by again.