Sendai Era 2015

Sendai Hair Flap

After a few months in Tokyo, we moved on to the second stage of our new Japan adventure, beautiful Sendai, the ‘City of Trees.’

B-Sides: Streets of Sendai

When I make a post, there's usually some kind of general theme or timeframe that ends up grouping the images into some kind of coherent collection, but there's always orphans of that process. I'll invariably end up with a few odd shots here and there that don't...

Rinnou-Ji Temple

On one of Sendai's many hillsides, there's a very pleasant temple by the name of Rinno-ji. Mary and I wandered up there last autumn and loved the quiet stroll up the bamboo-lined steps as well as the gardens on the temple grounds.   Straight off the bat, we were...

Exploring Sendai: Expedition 03

What a weird, busy week. Every day I thought it would be the day to get that "big" post I've been working on done and up, but every time the day had evaporated before I knew it. Where is all the time going? Anyway, I'll be damned if I'm not going to get up at least...

Exploring Sendai by Bike: Expedition 02

Another group of random images from another random bike ride last autumn. Most of these were taken in the Hachiman area of Sendai. Check out the design on this awesome crosswalk/traffic light! These were scattered around a couple neighborhoods in town and I loved...

I Miss Eating Marbo-Yakisoba

For the most part, every town in Japan has at least a couple quasi-official "signature foods" that they're famous for. Sometimes it's a genuine fame, such as Sendai's Gyuutan (beef tongue) or Kumamoto's Basashi (raw horse), either of which pretty much everyone I've...

Exploring Sendai by Bike: Expedition 01

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. At some point while still living in Sendai, I had occasion, after running...

Sendai Snow

It finally snowed! I've been hearing about Sendai's cold winters and snow since we got here seven months ago but it only got properly cold in the last few weeks, and just this morning we finally woke up to some proper snowfall. Enjoy the view from our balcony and...

Tanabata Festival in Sendai

Almost every town in Japan has it's own festival of some sort. Most of them are quite local affairs and it would be unusual for someone more than a couple towns over to know much about them. A few of them, however, are famous nationwide and Sendai's Tanabata Festival...

Let’s Visit Aoba Shrine!

A few weeks ago, Mary and I wanted to go back up to Omoshiroyama and check out a flower park we'd heard about. Unfortunately, we missed the train for that by mere moments so we suddenly had a free afternoon in front of us. Fortunately, we weren't too far from a couple...

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