So I live in the countryside. Kamaishi is about 30,000 and it has a brand new mall! However, it is still lacking in some necessities. English Book store, Thai and Indian food, Department stores with more variety. I can go shopping here but I’m giant. Since we live in the countryside we have to come up with our own entertainment.
However, there are several towns with a 5 hours distance that may hold more promise. Morioka is only 2 ish hours away I hear and I’ll be going there next month for an event. Sendai is about 4 hours away by bus and it is a big city!!!!
So I had to go to the immigration office to drop off some papers, the closest one is in Morioka but we have already
worked with the officers in Sendai, so we bring our papers there. For now….
Sendai is a rather large city,of about 1 million people. Which is my favorite type of city usually. Its big enough to have good public transportation, shopping, great restaurants, but still small enough that it has its own identity and usually incorporates much of the rolling countryside in its city sprawl.
Sendai is almost 4 hours away by bus. There is one bus that leaves at 7am and it returns at around 8:30. Which means we get to chill there from 11-:30 to 4:20
So we got on the bus with our load of snacks and some freshly brewed coffee form the Lawson convenience store( They are everywhere!!! I love them)
7-11 has some of the best fresh coffee though. The grocery store by Tetsuya’s work has the best 100 yen coffee every. But it was not open at 6:30 am.
The bus itself is a standard giant bus, with hourly bathroom breaks off the highway. I have to remember to take pics of the highway stops- here is an exceptional example of one on the way to Nagano.
4 hours long bus ride- you start do go a little insane.
So we get to the bus stop hop on a local bus to the immigration off, drop of our paperwork. Takes less then 45 mins total so we have the rest of the day! So its time for lunch!
Sendai is known for its Beef Tongue. According to my tour guide- Mr. Miyahara, Beef was imported during the American occupation, however, the soldiers only wanted to eat the good stuff,
so the Japanese created cuisine to utilize the offal. After trying beef tongue I wonder whey we haven’t been eating it more often. I’m sure in its raw giant Tongue slab form it would be off putting.
But here in the grocery store you buy your meat already presliced. Its super convenient for making chicken nuggets. ….. and beef tongue
Tetsuya found a famous tongue restaurant close to the main shopping center, it’s very popular. When we got there an impromptu to line had started. There were 6 people a ahead of us. This is how it worked.
The person who was supposed to go in next stood next to the doorway. Everyone else was across the street in a perfectly formed line. Everyone is so civil here it amazes me.
So we take a seat order tongue! We both got the same meal as there were only 3 selections.
You get tongue, pickles, tail soup and of course rice.
I have to admit I LOVED the soup. The meat was so tender.
Then we went shopping!!!
So our goal was to find me some winter boots. Since I was living on a tropical island I am sort of lacking in winter things. I have some, but other were unfortunately destroyed by cats whilst in my storage at my parents house.
Not the nice cat, those who have met my parents cat, know the evil creature that destroyed my boots.
As you can see I made out nicely! There was a “flaw” in the boot so we got it for cheap. Flaw aka if you bring the boot right up to your eyeball you can see a hairline scratch.
We found the boots at the first store we went to, a “plus size” shop catering to women whose feet go beyond the normal 24.5 CM shoe size. I can barely fit into 24.5, 25 cm or Size 8 as I believe its called in USA is much more comfortable.
Friends with small feet, Japan is your shoe paradise.
Size 8 is considered GIANT here!
Don’t get me started on clothes.
Since we were so successful in our boot shopping adventure we wandered around the many department stores. THEY have a LUSH!
We also found some super comfy reclining chairs that fit under Tetsuya’s Kotastu. It took us 5 minutes to decide we needed those chairs. So We bought them.
Right there, giant chairs, that we have to bring on the bus. Which of ourse Tetsuya being the gentleman that he is carried.
Luckily the store people wrapped it up nice and tight. so we could fit it in the underground chamber of the bus.