This marks the last day of my summer holidays. And I took 2 1/2 months to finish blogging about it lol. It will be a short post cause I only walked around in the morning and after that I was rushing to get back to my dorms. Luckily I went back abit earlier cause trains were delayed and I wouldn’t have been able to get back in time if I took the next train. I was very very shag cause I had work the next day but luckily the week was super short and I only had 3 days of work before the next off day.
Before I went to the city to catch the Tanabata festival, I had a bit of time so I stopped by a temple a few stops away from Sendai station. Turned out there was nothing much (once again it made me feel that Sendai is really an uninteresting place).
It was raining as you can tell from the pic.
All ready for Tanabata festival. My colleague told me that it’s actually quite boring so I shouldn’t expect too much from it (although it is one of the big three festivals along with the Nebuta festival and Kanto festival). I’m glad he told me that so I went with very very low expectations. Nothing extremely spectacular about it be it was a good experience nonetheless.
But it was HUGE! Much bigger than I had imagined it to be.
Still quite empty cause people were still getting ready and putting up the decorations.
Talked to this lady and asked about the decorations. Apparently they spend over a year making the decorations. I guess they make bit by bit and stuff so it takes so long. And also, the paper is actually from Shikoku (the west side of Japan) so they usually start the preparations by ordering the paper from Shikoku. I was quite surprised cause Shikoku is so far and it’s like super inefficient to get the paper from there. But apparently there’s a river in Shikoku that is clean? enough to make those soft but sturdy paper (I touched it and it was really soft and nice to touch).
They pull the decorations up and tied the string to the side. Feels like what we do with flags.
And they were done!
I had time before the event starts (at around 10am) so I decided to walk to the castle first. But in the end I realized the castle was super damn far. And there was NO CASTLE. Let me repeat. NO FU*KING CASTLE cause it’s supposed to be just castle ruins. Fml.
At the entrance.
… … shocked.
Bad weather so I couldn’t see anything from up there. No meaning to climbing up. Oops.
I think this is the 伊達 dude. I like his hat. I mean helmet.
At least got red temple.
angle one, two and three.
After that, the time was just nice for me to get back down to the shopping street to catch the festival! I was super shocked when I got back down cause there were SO MANY PEOPLE.
The centerpiece I think.
Looks very overwhelming with all the origamis! And it was very huge so I can’t imagine how long it took to make all that.
Crazy crowd and the decorations were super long so they were slapping my face the whole time.
Some strawberry ice using crushed real strawberries and with strawberry jam and condensed milk as the topping. Was contemplating about getting one but decided not to cause I am not that on about strawberry with condensed milk. But the jam really looked quite yummy.
Mini decorations are the cutest!! I think cause I am huge myself, I tend to like really tiny thing. Like in my lab my favourite apparatus is this 5mL beaker that’s super duper teeny weeny.
This street not so many people.
It’s so huge right!
Cute origami pandas stuck to the decorations!
This shop made tiny decorations to give customers who buy from them. I thought it was a good marketing technique (though I didn’t buy anything cause they sold only teas and I don’t drink teas). But the uncle was very nice and he helped me take photo with it.
A rare photo that looks normal. Hahaha.
I like this pic quite alot cause I managed to take it in one go just right before the traffic lights turned green.
I remember this decoration cause it looked quite cool! They had this thing in the middle that looks like those sedan chairs in ancient china.
Gyutan! But I stopped myself from getting it cause I was going to have gyutan for lunch that day. Apparently it’s a die-die-must-eat if you ever go to Sendai.
Finally left the crowd and went to grab and early lunch! And luckily I did cause the shop got really crowded after a while! I think alot of tourists like me that day with the same plan of eating gyutan after looking at the decos!
I got judged taking this pic. Lol. But who cares I am foreigner!
Why are we waiting why are we waiting~~~
And it’s here!!!! Looks super good! I didn’t know gyutan was supposed to be thick cause the ones I ate in Tokyo at the yakiniku shops were always thin!!! And looks just nice! Not too cooked or too rare!
angle two before I dig in! It was really good and I highly recommend getting it when you go Sendai. Maybe it will be better in those old shops but even the one at the chain store was good enough for me. (Maybe cause my level not so high one hahaha). But chain stores easier cause you can find them everywhere!
Heading to the station to get back to Tokyo. Can’t believe one week of holiday ended just like that. So fast hahaha. And I managed to survive one week travelling alone without missing my trains, feeling lonely or falling sick! Good job!
Had those kids as my models!
Looks abit retro right hahaha. It’s just an ekiben shop. Apparently this is quite good (according to reviews) so if you don’t have time maybe you can just buy this and have it on yout train ride back home or something.
Anyway this’s the end of my long long summer holidays and my even long post holiday photo editing. Took two months and I’m finally done with this! I really enjoyed the whole process. (although quite troublesome to edit photos and stuff sometimes but at least like that I can recall the stuff I did hahahaha!) And travelling alone is really fun especially the planning part and the don’t-have-to-stick-to-your-original-plans part.