京都 2005.04.07 () - Budgets and Gift-giving

My last full day consisted of a lot of walking for a supposedly light day. I went back to the のむら museum early in the day, but to me it wasn't really worth worth it. A couple rooms of tea ceremony related rooms, and not the paintings I was hoping for. I had another sushi lunch, and then went to the Gamers store in the covered 寺町 area. They have a placard down by the street pointing out their location; you take a tiny little elevator up to the 4th or 5th floors. You can take the stairs between the two floors, but must use the elevator to get in from the street and back out (which isn't uncommon). I had picked up a magazine here earlier and was wondering if they had a new one. They didn't, but I saw their rack of Squenix CDs and got an idea. I had a big enough budget left over, and I'd already set aside money for my return trip the next day. So I figured I should get Justin a gift, but I wasn't sure which CDs he did and didn't have.

I asked a couple of staff and got the location of an internet cafe nearby, フジヤマカフェ. The person who knew where it was drew me a little map, going so far as to whiteout and correct a mistake in the street name... フジヤマカフェ was a pretty interesting place in itself -- dark with soothing music, and very tiny cubicles for each person. They have a large 漫画 library available for everyone, and each cubicle has a PS2, TV, and computer (internet). One part of the hallway had one of those under-glass sand gardens. A bit spendy, but very interesting. Oh, also a small food menu, shower, pillows for rent... (maybe all those ``short stay'' hotels are actually legitimate -- okay, maybe some of them are).

I went back with my list of Justin-doesn't-have-it CDs and got the FFV OSV. On my way out of the mall, I remembered I still needed needed a couple of snacks for おみやげ, so I got those as well.

Next I went to the 京都 Municipal Museum of School History, which was sort of interesting, especially for just 200.

Then I made the mistake of book hunting again... and found Dawn, a sold-out 天野喜孝 book! Crap! I'd already blown my budget for the day (i.e. trip)... I did the tax math and found that I had enough left to buy the book... with 3 left over. Yikes! I needed dinner, too. But! I also had my emergency $20 USD in my wallet...

I took the plunge and got the book, and then went into the first post office I saw. They told me to go to the post office next to 京都駅 by 6pm to change my money, so I went there next (2115, not bad). Finally, I headed back to the guesthouse, and on the way remembered I wanted to copy my ありがとう maze. I did that at a コンビニ store, and then to the guesthouse.

I just dropped off my stuff and went straight out for dinner... but the western food place was booked up. I took it as a sign to save my now-scarce money, and went back to the guesthouse for some curry and rice.

Then I basically just hung around downstairs, waiting for a chance to take a picture of えいじ, みちる, and ゆい together. In the meantime, みちる gave me a piece of cake as a present, which was very nice.

While I was eating that, ひろ and 森田 came in, as I had been hoping! We talked a bit, and it was very enjoyable. At one point, 森田 ran out and brang back a けん玉 as a gift. In turn, I gave both him and ひろ one of my highlighters I had brought as おみやげ. Before they left, we also took a couple of pictures, including all of the guesthouse staff.

The guesthouse staff also gave me a ``たい'': a sweat bean filled pastry shaped like a fish, in this case a pink one! It was all very heartwarming.

Finally I went upstairs and packed. Everything fit, but just barely. By the time I was finished packing up, I was too tired to want to go back out looking for げいしゃ, so I just took a shower and went to bed...