So we arrived in Sendai, my home, sweet temporary home. It was sunny enough, but the Italian latitude made itself known, in spite of the sun’s pleasant demeanor.
I checked in my family (the hotel was thankfully not far from the station), and left them to their own device for what I promised would be an hour, while I went to put away my big suitcase in my dorm room. Not surprisingly, that hour had passed before I had even arrived, and another forty minutes passed as I made my way back. Chilled by the drop in temperature, I found my equally chilled relatives by the side of the road. Or at least by the side of the Disney store. They were hungry, and so was I. They were up for cheap dining, and so was I.
The next day would be the only full day here, so we set out to make the most of it. In other words, we took the sightseeing bus to the tourist spots around town. Our, two at least. Our first stop was the museum of history, almost completely empty of people. All the better for us, no? We even took a nice little walk outside before entering.
Counting up the trail, we eventually made it to Sendai castle, or at least what remains of it. As I told you a long long time ago, during my first visit to the castle site, it is something of a journey back in time. And this time, we were actually able to meet the man himself! Date Masamune was there, along with one of his trusted retainers, happily posing for pictures, and quite in character telling us to upload them too Facebook! Ah, times past… We’re not so different after all.
No that’s not the samurai founder of Sendai. That’s just my cousin.
We continued our sightseeing trip by journeying onwards to my campus grounds, and, going inside, meet none other than my teacher! I had certainly not expected her to be there, but it was a fun surprise, and a great opportunity to introduce my family. (Unavoidable, rather, since they were walking right behind me). We all chatted for a bit, before moving on to our separate things. That meant eating, for the four of us.
No trip to Sendai is complete without a visit to the shopping street, and while none of us bought anything there, we did spend a lot of money at the various coin operated claws in one of the gaming arcades. I turned out to be quite good at it!
A big Pringles can contain two normal sized Pringles cans, as well as a handful of chocolates, meant a good night for me! And the selfie stick came in handy the very next day!
Almost but not quite running late, we managed to get on the last train arriving at the airport before check-in closed. At eight in the morning, we gathered together for one last picture!
And so, the three who managed to come visit this time made their way through the security check, and, in a way, out of my life once again.
It as difficult at times, doing my best to show the finest side of Japan, especially since most of my own time here had been spent in a classroom. But I had a lot of fun, and got the chance to do things I might not have done otherwise. So, for that I thank you, family! I’m looking forward to doing my best guiding around whoever comes next!