I can't believe I'm leaving Kanazawa tomorrow! ;_; I've had a wonderful time hanging out with m00nface
and meeting her friends, and I've done *so* many things that I've really wanted to do, but couldn't have done without a Japanese speaker - I'm so grateful! Yesterday was a gorgeous day, so we had a picnic in the castle park (with chocolate melon bread :9) and then we went and made Japanese sweets! That was great, though I had flashbacks to primary school - I'm rubbish at making anything with my hands, so mine were a bit wobbly but it was a lot of fun, and they all taste the same anyway! :9
Then we met Amelia's friend Kaori for coffee, then we went to the izukaya where Kaori works for a heavily discounted dinner of what would otherwise be very expensive food and drink! We tried 5 different umeshu (plum wine), on the manager's recommendation, and they were all absolutely delicious - I adore umeshu! :9 And we ate pistachio tempura and hoke (fish) and amazing fried chicken and ochasuke (rice with, like, tea over it - I really liked it, but I was full so couldn't eat much! ;_;) and gyouza and loads of other stuff I wish I could remember! We had a private room and our own music and everything, it was amazing! *_*
Today rained again, so we went to a Japanese restaurant (haha, yes, I know they all are, but this one did a mixture of set lunches) and I had a ginger-y pork thing which was delicious. Then we went to a manga kissaten! Totally not what I was expecting - I thought it'd be a coffee shop with some bookshelves round the edges, but it's massive! Again, we had a private room with the biggest TV I've ever seen - we had the anime channel on and watched Yakitate Japan and Fruits Basket :D - and a PC and some kind of slot machine. You pay a cover price depending how long you stay, and you can help yourself to drinks (many different teas, hooray!) and ice cream. :9 (You can also, apparently, play pool and ping pong and stuff, and even shower. Bearing in mind the hentai collection, that seems a bit seedy, but hey, it's something to remember if I need cheap accomodation one night! XD) I spent a lot of my time looking at JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, haha. (Later volumes feature Joseph's illegitimate son he had when he was, like, 65 who's younger than JoJo, and there's a sequel series starring JoJo's own daughter, Jolene. XD The end of the actual series has a long arc with some relation of Dio, who's called Giorgio Giovanni. The art by the end is actually AMAZING and the character designs are in a really different style to the earlier volumes... but I realise the people who care about this number zero, so I'll shut up. XD Must remember to look for those elusive art books if I'm in a Mandarake or something again. There's so much gay in those books, I want to see!)
Anyway! Then we went for conveyer belt sushi! :D That was awesome too! I had eel, which was yummy, and tamago, and kappa maki (which are my favourites, cos I'm a bit boring sushi wise XD) and something with beef which wasn't as good. :/ Great experience, though!
Wah, I can't believe how quickly time has gone here! ;_; I'm moving on to my WWOOF tomorrow (which, after I looked a bit more carefully, turns out to be in Hyogo prefecture where Yasu is from, haha, that's the only thing I know about it!
) - takes about 4 hours on the train, changing in Osaka. So I might well be picking vegetables in the rain on Tuesday! ^^;; I also don't know what internet access I'll have, so yeah, I might be silent for a little while, but then again, I might not be. ^_~ Open the window.