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Sendai holds an annual festival called the Pageant of Starlight or 光のページェント hikari no pejento. This year 550,000 LED lights were used to illuminate the trees down Jozenji dori (定禅寺通り). The lights are lit every night from December 12 through December 31st.

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We decided to attempt a Christmas dinner in the American style. However, seeing as we’re in Japan, it didn’t go quite as planned. The original idea was a nice large roast ham. We could do the ham. We could do the roast. The large part, though, evaded us. The largest hams we could find were only about fist sized. Mashed potatoes, easy peasy. But gravy? Fail. We ended up eating curry (with meat so it wasn’t that bad), baked potatoes (well, we had already bought them before realizing gravy doesn’t exist in Japan), two itty-bitty roast hams (cooked in a microwave for ovens are also scarce), and some canned pineapple and peach (hey, we’re college students–it’s less work!). Unfortunately, due to a scheduling miscommunication, I did not end up with any pictures of our miserable failure before it was eaten.

After eating, we put on a couple of movies–The History of the World, Part 1 and Rush Hour 3–and played several rounds of Jenga with an exceedingly annoying plastic Jenga set. I did manage to at least partially document the succession of failures and triumphs, so it wasn’t a total loss. After that we played a couple of rounds of twister with slightly confused rules and then went outside for a snowball fight. All in all it was an…interesting…evening.

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仙台からメリークリスマス!(sendai kara merii kurisumasu Merry Christmas from Sendai)

It snowed all night Christmas Eve, so we had a pleasantly white (albeit somewhat cold) christmas here in Sendai. Also, it’s time to give the new 7D a workout! 7Dの初雪だな (sebun dii no hatsu yuki da na it’s the 7D’s first snow, isn’t it)

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It rained today. Very hard. So much so, in fact, that one needed a boat in order to get to the cafeteria.

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I bought a new Canon EOS 7D camera and an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens from Yodobashi Camera (ヨドバシカメラ) today. I actually would have bought them yesterday had Schwab’s fraud protection been more forgiving.

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Snow is here! Unforunately, it did not stick around all day long and melted quite quickly in the morning. It actually snowed for a while yesterday, but the ground did not get cold enough for the snow to stick until after nightfall. The end result was a beautiful yet beastly cold morning.

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