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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

As we do every year, we went to the famous Tanabata Festival, wich is held on August 6th, 7th and 8th here in Sendai. It really is great to walk around the streets which are colorfully decorated. This year, as the weather was fantastic we spent most of our time at the beach, so I didn’t have time to take that many pictures. However, you can take a look at the pictures I took last year.

The Nikkawa Trail

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

In July 2006 my wife and I started hiking. I’ve hiked in Canada, the States and Europe when I was younger, but for my wife, who used to take the elevator to go up one floor, it was the beginning of a whole new experience. This category is dedicated to our new hobby, and I’ll try to give enough information for whoever might like to try hiking in Japan.

The trail is 5.4 km long and is situated in Sakunami (Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture) right behind Okunikkawa station on the Senzan Line. You can also get there by car by taking route 48 from Sendai towards Yamagata. The entrance to a dirt road leading to it is on the left handside after a small bridge called Aioi (in Roman letters) and right before the Sakunami Hot Springs, with a sign indicating Okunikkawa in Japanese, but it’s hard to spot. You can get a map of the trail at a restaurant called Okunikkawa Shokudou when you get there.

2006-07-22 (Sat): The yellow line shows the part of the trail we walked. It took us about two hours to make it (approximately 2 km – walking time only). There are two bridges to cross, many slippery stairs, and two narrow ledges. We came back using the regular road (loop on the right).

2006-07-26 (Wed): The pink line shows the part of the trail we walked on that day. We walked a distance of about 5 km round trip (2 hours 15 minutes to go, 1 hour 20 minutes to come back – walking time only). There are five bridges to cross, and the trail gets more difficult after the second bridge, from a landmark called “The Great Stone” . There are many slippery stairs and narrow ledges, a ladder, and even a stream to cross by foot. The trail is not very well marked, mainly with yellow and white paint on the rocks. It is confusing at times, and at one point the trail literally disappears due to the abundant vegetation. We were quite tired after a couple of hours, and instead of coming back as originally planned, we decided to walk all the way to the end of the trail where we hoped to catch a train to come back. However, we were lucky enough to find a man fishing who told us that that station was not in use, so the only way back was to take the way we came from. Worried that we wouldn’t make it before dark, we regained enough energy to make it back in much less time it took to go.

Check out the photo album!

Aoba Festival

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Last weekend the 22nd Aoba festival was held right here in Sendai, and sure enough, I was there and took tons of pictures. According to the official Aoba festival homepage, the festival finds its roots during the Edo period, and was originally held in honour of Date Tadamune, one of the Date clan leaders. Originally known as the Sendai festival, the name changed after the construction of the Aoba shrine in 1875. Although it was eventually called off, the festival was revived in 1985, and is now one of the biggest festivals in Sendai. It usually goes on for two days, and one of its trademarks is the “suzume odori” (Sparrow Dance), which was derived from the dance improvised by the stonemasons at the feast for the construction of Sendai Castle (circa 1600), and reconstructed by the Sendai Sparrow Dance Company. Here are a few of the pictures I took, but you can see many more here.

Flowers of Vietnam

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Yet another post about my trip to Vietnam. I’m not particularly fond of flowers, nor do I have any great interest in botany, but while I was over there, I don’t know what came over me, I just took lots of pictures of flowers. Unfortunately, I can’t name any of them (hey, hey, hey, NOT my field, ok!), but… I guess looking a their beauty, names are irrelevant. By the way, the flower behind the yellow and red one is definitely MY favorite. :-) Enjoy the flowers here!

My Birthday Party – Part 2

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

Last night a couple of friends who couldn’t attend my birthday party last week were nice enough to throw my birthday party – part two! We ended up singing karaoke until 4 o’clock in the morning! Cheers! You can check the photo album here.

Hey! They gave me these kick-ass socks to wear at home. What they didn’t know is that they actually have magical powers allowing their user to fly! ;-p