The first thing I did in the morning was to get to the nearest convenience store to send my luggage back home cause I wanted to travel light for the last two day (one and a half days). After that I got to the station and started my long long journey from Akira (Yokote station) to Miyagi (Matsushima Kaigan station). I don’t really remember how long the journey took now. Actually I wanted to stop by Ichinoseki or Hiraizumi but in the end I decided that I was already quite tired from the past few days so I just went directly to Matsushima. Actually Matsushima was a bit disappointing cause it wasn’t as big as I thought and some places were under construction so it was messy and a bit ugly then. Plus the weather wan’t good when I got there so the photos didn’t turn out as nice. I am quite amazed I still have the sightseeing map with me (after 2 months) lol. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t pack my room.
So in the morning on the train I ate the apple pie I bought for myself (actually I wanted to have apple pie in some cafe in Aomori but in the end cause I wanted to travel with the uncles, I didn’t have time to chill at the cafe in day 4 so I decided to make do with a souvenir instead). Quite yummy and I regretted not buying more I bring back lol.
I can’t exactly remember what I did on the long train ride but I guess I did some research on Matsushima and Sendai and also deleted pictures on my camera. Hahahha. No pictures taken during the train ride (probably cause nth to take in that bad weather).
I reached Matsushima (slightly before noon I think) and was abit surprised by the number of people that. Actually I wasn’t that surprised cause I guess those people had the same plans as me; to visit Matsushima before heading to Sendai in the evening for fireworks. I was more surprised/irritated/annoyed by the construction work that was going on.
Need to pay to go in and stingy me decided not to.
The main entrance. Cannot really see anything but I like how it is surrounded by straw gates. It reminded me of three little pigs and this one is the house of the most stupid pig (I think?).
The boat pier. I was contemplating whether to ride the boat but in the end I didn’t cause the weather was too uncool. Can tell for the pictures right, the haze and clouds and everything.
Construction! and I was like fxasowebcanwiejmvpwjabntgehr!??!??!
The 日本三景 totally spoiled by the construction work.
First stop was the Godaido temple. It’s on a small island very very very near the main island lol.
Many people (and there were a lot of China tourists cause I could hear alot of them speaking Chinese).
Nobody nobody but me~~
Please hire me as cameraman for your wedding photos! See this pic so natural! Gonna use this in my portfolio lol.
Please blame the weather for the not very spectacular shot(s).
Construction work 2.
The buildings look quite old-fashioned. Actually I don’t exactly know why I feel that way. Maybe it’s cause the design is very squarish?
Bought tickets to get to Fukuurajima Island and they gave be this very spastic take-my-hand-and-I’ll-bring-you-across ticket. Maybe I would have been more impressed if they drew an ikemen.
This shima is abit further away from the main island lol as compared to just now that temple.
I think I took at least 10 minutes to cross that less than 300m (purely estimation I don’t know how long it is) bridge cause I was spamming so many photos lol.
I like how this glass building is in the middle of the forest. Feels like old fashioned hahhahaha. Like I am on some adventure. <- Actually what I am saying doesn’t sound logical at all. Oops.
The good thing about this place is how the island is full of pine trees. I like Japanese trees, pine trees, willow and everything. Makes me feel very at peace.
The island was surprisingly big and there were also alot of bugs oops. Rainy day + hot season = bugs.
The island wasn’t very interesting actually. I won’t really recommend it. The one that I went after that was much better. Like more interesting and less forestly (=less bugs).
The mascot of this area. I think it’s related to some 伊達 thingy but I wasn’t interested in it enough to google it. lol.
I like this! So cute! I think it is to pray for good weather or something but I guess it didn’t work lol.
This place is famous for fish cake! It was quite yummy like very soft like tofu but the taste is like fish cake.
Weather became abit better (but only for a while sian).
The tanabata decorations!!! Was going to see them the next day in Sendai so I got a bit eggcited after seeing them here!
I like those trees!
Random building (I think it’s a kindergarten). Headed towards the last island called Oshima Island (which imo was the best out of the three).
Finally there! Asked the old couple about the shima (can’t remember what I asked but should be about the time needed to see or whether it is worth seeing).
The must have red bridge. I think I am starting to get immune to red bridges (at first I always got damn eggcited) cause they are all over the place.
Interesting stone statues in the holes.
Looks nicer than the last two. Good.
Miniatures of temples on the floor. Abit random but it’s ok since they are quite cute.
It’s the bridge just now!!! The one I took 10 minutes to cross!
Who’s this?!?!? (failed attempted at self timer)
succeeded this time but… failed attempt at posing. Looks highly awkward. #awkwardadventuresoftheawkwardgiantwithawkwardlonglimbs Sorry for the highly awkward long tag.
Awkward pose two. But mama likes photos of me so oh wells. Shall just treat it as fan service (for the one and only fan I have).
Nevermind this dude more awkward than me. (But at least it looks artistic… says the truthful dude inside of me. Shut the fu*k up la! says the prideful me.)
Bonsai matsu against the blue sky. Looks like bonsai right!
The algae (I think) damn green! Looks abit fake hahahaha.
The mascot! After that I made my way towards Sendai for the fireworks but I realized I had quite abit of time cause I just randomly walked around the area and got myself quite tired. Sendai city is not very interesting (and imo it’s one of the most uninteresting place I’ve been to).
Everywhere’s full of decorations for the tanabata event the next day!
Decorations already up but kept in plastic bag!
Mapo yakisoba. The yakisoba is the fried kind so it tasted like some chinese dish. You know the one with fried noodles in sauce one. I forgot the name lol. I didn’t really like it cause I 吃软面 one.
Cool modern looking building called Sendai MediaTech. Went in to take photos and was asked by staff to stick some sticker (to show that I am taking photos) before taking photos. Weird.
This dude caught my eye cause it is the mascot of the place I am living at now. This kintaro dude. Hahahah.
Interesting building but not artsy enough to be consider a good sightseeing spot I guess.
Japanese version of sex and the city was the first thing that came to me when I took this photo. Lol. Do you feel it? Hahaha.
This is a very weird scenery with the river just next to the buildings. So I went to the firework viewing place quite early (cause I had nothing else to do) and waited there for about 1 1/2 hours. I was just sitting there and reading xiao shuo lol. In the end it was a huge huge disappointment cause instead of watching fireworks, we were just hearing fireworks and we couldn’t see the fireworks bursting cause the haze was too bad at the top and could only see it after it fell.
Only can see after the fireworks die.
This one even worse.
Was super super disappointed with it lol. Left the place and headed straight to my accommodation of the day. It was somebody’s house and the place was super messy (more messy than my room I swear) but I was too tired to care. Just wanted to sleep and forget about the lame fireworks. Lol.