The pile of photos from I’ve yet to post from Sendai is insane. It’s not even a pile, it’s a mountain, some going back as far as September, which is when the photos in today’s post were taken.

150930.BikeExplore._1130011

At some point while still living in Sendai, I had occasion, after running some errands on my bike, to detour in a direction I’d been meaning to check out for a while.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-004

One thing I enjoy about the layout of Sendai is how hilly it is. The city itself is pretty flat but there’s enough vertical variation as you get further from the city center that provides for some interesting scenes and terrain.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-015

Now see? Here’s another reason to love Sendai, an outfield with actual grass! Most times when I see a non-professional baseball field in Japan, the whole thing is dirt, not just the infield. Same goes for many soccer fields, parks with play areas and even schoolyards. Aside from easier maintenance (which very well may be the reason), I’ve never understood why there isn’t more green in Japan’s outdoor recreation areas. Thankfully, this one had it in spades, some of it even growing up the back of the scoreboard.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-017

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-018

Hirose River doesn’t go through the center of the city, but runs along the edge of the downtown area and continues on to the nearby suburbs. It’s close enough to wherever you may be downtown that it’s never too difficult to hop on over for a nice quiet moment or a BBQ down on the banks.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-024

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-029

Ermahgerd! Look at this cute little row of houses along the river greenery! I could die here! 😀

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-028

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-035

Now ready to head for home, I started cutting back up towards the city.

This place looks fun.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-044

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-048

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-062

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-050

As I was waiting at a stoplight, I remembered that I wanted to go down this street as well. You can see a bridge there that crosses the river so I wanted to check it out.SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-069

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-071

Boy, was I glad I did. Another great view, just 10 mins from the center of the city by bike.SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-089

And if that’s not a wide enough vantage to paint the picture, here…SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-083-Pano

No, I don’t know who those random foreigners are. They didn’t see me though, I think my cover is still in tact.

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-093

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-095

SendaiBikeExplore01.15.09.02.-080

At this point, I figured this was as good as this particular expedition was going to get so I turned around and really did head for home this time. There were several other exploratory expeditions though and we’ll get around to those in the coming weeks in an effort to catch up to Osaka. Stay tuned.

Pin It on Pinterest