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Today, my Japanese Culture A class went on a short field trip to the Aoba-jo (青葉城) castle in Sendai. The main part of the castle, called the honmaru (本丸) was built on top of Aoba mountain (青葉山), right next to Aobayama campus. I didn’t even realize that it was so close until we hiked up to it. The view of Sendai is quite nice from the castle foundation. Unfortunately, the foundation is pretty much all that is left of the castle after getting bombed in WWII.

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The Tohoku University International Festival (東北大学国際祭り touhoku daigaku kokusai matsuri) took place yesterday on the softball field by the international house. There were people there from countries all over the world selling various foods from their home countries. There was also a stage for traditional dances and music.

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The Japanese Culture A class that I’m taking at Tohoku University went on a field trip to Nenoshiroishi (根白石) yesterday. Unfortunately, the somewhat poor decision was made to motivate a bunch of college students to get on a bus at 7:15 in the morning on a Sunday, so naturally a few people caught up on some sleep on the way over. After a bit of a bus ride, we arrived at Mr. Fukuda’s apple orchard in Nenoshiroishi, to the west of Sendai.

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Here’s another post from before I had a reliable connection…

On the 11th, I went on a trip to Matsushima (松島). I met a group of other international students near the UH Sanjo and then we left for the Tohoku Fukushi-dai Mae train station (東北福祉大前駅). Unfortunately, we missed the train to Sendai Station because we had to wait for someone. As a result, we had to take the bus downtown. From Sendai Station, we took the Senseki line (仙石線) to the Hon-Shiogama station (本塩釜駅).

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Sendai

Oct 16

Being out of an internet connection for two weeks is not fun. I haven’t had a connection in my room until my modem from NTT showed up a few days ago. But even then, it was terribly unreliable until I had time to stop by Yodobashi Camera and pick up a router. Now that I’m actually reconnected with the world again, here are some updates.

On the 27th, I made the trip from Tokyo (東京) to Sendai (仙台) via the Tohoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線). The scheduling was slightly annoying because I had to check out by 10 AM and I had to be in Sendai at 3 PM, but the Shinkansen trip would only take about 2 hours, leaving me with about 3 hours to kill. I pretty much headed right for the station after leaving the Weekly Mansion since it was raining and I had to deal with my luggage. Fortunately, I had the subway shortcut figured out so I managed to get to the station without getting terribly wet or dropping my luggage in the middle of the street. The subway shortcut, by the way, simply involves taking the escalator down into the subway station on the west side of Hakusan Dori, crossing under the street, then taking the escalator on the other side directly into the JR Sugamo Station. It’s quite handy on cold and rainy days and when one is in a hurry and the light just turned red.

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