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Gishi no Mokusou

Alex Forencich's contemplations on Life, Engineering, and Japan

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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On the way to campus this morning, I decided to take a small detour and explore the Hirose river. The Hirose river runs around downtown Sendai and circles around Tohoku University’s Kawauchi Campus. The name of the river in Japanese is 広瀬川 hirose gawa. All of the pictures are HDR.

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Yesterday, all the members of the Kameyama lab (亀山研究室 kameyama kenkyuushitsu) headed out to the west of Sendai to the Okunikkawa station (奥新川駅) for the lab’s annual imonikai (芋煮会). Most of us took the train while a couple of people followed in cars with all of the supplies. After collecting the supplies from the car, we hiked down the hill to the nearby Nikkawa (新川川) river.

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The fall colors of the trees around Kawauchi and Aobayama campus have been very nice recently, so I decided to lug my camera to campus and take a few more HDR shots.

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Winter is coming. Over the past couple of days, the temperature has dropped several degrees and a beastly breeze has started blowing. Time to bundle up! Since I did not have class yesterday but I did have to run up to Aobayama campus to visit the lab, I decided to walk over and take a few pictures of Sendai on the way.

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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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