1. Sleep in.
2. Go running.
3. Clean my apartment.
All of that was accomplished by about 1 pm. So I tried to force myself to sit down and study Japanese. I went as far as putting post-it notes on most every appliance in my house. However, it proved to be less than exciting as the word for 'bed' is 'beddo' and the word for 'door' is 'to' and the word for shower is 'shawa', etc.
It was such a nice day out that I was feeling pretty restless so I made a plan to go visit DATE Masamune's grave and set off.
On my way there, I saw a baseball game going on. So I stopped to watch. Everyone stared at me as I walked up the bleachers and took a seat. Once seated, I looked up and realized which team the people on my side were cheering for and followed suit.
|I cheered for the white team|
|The ball boys were adorable and couldn't have been older than first grade|
After that I went in search of the mausoleum and ended up running into a temple, a cemetery and a monastery before I found the right buildings. And those buildings were closed. So I wandered around on the paths that were open. The entire area was absolutely beautiful and the woods around the gravesites of Masumune and other leaders of Sendai were aptly named the Resting Peaceful Forest.
|The stairs to the mausoleums, named Zuihoden, Kansenden and Zenoden|
|An old stone indicating DATE's gravesite|
|Children's cemetery - really a sad but beautiful place|
|The Resting Peaceful Forest|
In transit, I saw some soccer players.
|I love the juxtaposition of the field and the trees with the skyscraper in the background|
At the park where the memorial was located, a rock concert was happening. I stopped to listen and watch. The bands were pretty good but not professional by any means. Their following seemed to be a lot of energetic college students who were determined to enjoy themselves no matter what. It was a lot of fun.
|I couldn't resist taking a picture of this man wearing ahjumma pants.|
|Energetic college kids.|
|Sumo wrestler memorial. Awesome, right?|