I and my friends (former Japanese Language classmates) went to hang out in Kyoto City on Sanjo-Shijo District on yesterday Saturday evening. There were two Indonesians, one Spanish and one Vietnamese. The meeting point was in front of Starbuck near Sanjo Bridge. It’s indeed a convenient place to make an appointment. Everybody knows the place and it’s also near Kyoto downtown and accessible by many public transports, Kyoto City Bus or Trains (Keihan and Hankyu Lines). Or even you can reach it with bicycle if you live somewhere near Yoshida Campus of Kyoto University.
The weather was getting better after a very hot afternoon. Summer in Kyoto reaches it’s peak in August and it can reach up to 35 C. Unlike some cities in Europe where the Summer is quite dry, Kyoto is not only hot but also humid. One easily gets sweating during summer time.
So, it was a perfect afternoon and then we headed to find a bar to find drinks and foods. After looking around, we finally decided to go to A Bar.
It’s – a very simple and like Indonesian’ warung type – Bar for me. No, kidding. But it’s true. I mean, the layout and furnitures inside remind me to like a coffee shop in Indonesia where we sit on a long bench.
The food was great. We ordered one dish of Tuna Salad and another one is Chicken Salad (hmm, was it the name again 😉 ?) and of course we ordered some drinks to start the “Kampai”. I always like Tuna Salad 🙂 . Second round dish was a large plate of Udon (a typical Japanese noodle). Hmm, yummy 🙂 .
Then we left the bar and looked for another place nearby. There are a lot of bars and restaurants in between Sanjo and Shijo but we somehow decided to just be outside and to hang out along the Kamogawa River (please check here more information and pictures of the place on this link). There were a fire attraction and dance, musics and singings. So lively!
We left the place at around 11:15 pm. When I was at one station before my destination, I realized that I lost something. It was my wallet! It’s gone, Oh my God! All my cards were inside. I called Ikeuchi, my Japanese lab-mate, and asked for his kind help to go together to the police station in Shijo on the following day.
So, early the next day we went to the police station near Shijo bridge. I thought if the wallet would have been found by someone, it would be reported to the nearest station. Ikeuchi helped me to inform the police in Japanese. We filled some information on a lost of property form. The policeman then took it with him and made a phone call in Japanese. He came back to my friend and told him something in Japanese. Ikeuchi told me:” It was found and is now in a Police Central Station” in Karasuma Gojo.
Wow, so amazing! I could not believe it and had not fully believed it until we arrived at the Police Central Station and I saw my lovely black wallet was on the table. “Please check it” said a police officer and then a while later I said:”It’s all complete”. Even my 11,000 Yen was still inside and the cards too. I asked to the officer if I could know the person who found my wallet and say thanks to that person. He said that the person did not want to be identified.
Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita! What very kind Japanese people!. This story reminds me to a story written at BBC about lost and found of money in Japan.