Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tohoku Day 1

Landed in the morning after a 7-hour flight and boarded a bus for Sendai.
Bento for lunch! Beautifully wrapped as always (:

Inside, delicious! I love all the little side dishes^^

The vegetarians' meal, looks delish too!

After 6 hours on the bus, we finally reached Sendai. As we would be enjoying the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri a few days later, they taught us how to make some of the pretty nanatsu kazari decorations~!

The Sendai Tanabata Matsuri will be held on 6,7,8 of August this year.
Each and every piece of decoration in the festival is handmade with washi, Japanese paper.

I made a kinchaku! (purse)
It's to wish for thriftiness, good business and wealth.

The paper is pretty~

With everything else my team members made~
Most of them made kamigoromo (paper kimonos)

Never give up!
Then, we attended speeches regarding volunteering and the status of Tohoku by Professor Kawamura and Mr Abe respectively, followed by a dinner reception of foods using mostly locally produced ingredients.

Performance on Sendai's history.

And they gifted all 100 of us each a pretty mini set of tanabata decorations on a bamboo!


  1. looks like so much fun!!
    and your obento looks deliciouss and so exotic ♥ i've never had one like that! :O

    I love your blog so much

    are you living in Japan? ♥

  2. looks really interesting!
    And I really admire the courage you have for doing volunteer work ;'D
    Keep it up and all the best!

  3. @エミリー❤
    Thanks (: Nope, I've just been visiting a lot this summer^^ It's a wonderful place!

    @chenyee123 ♥
    Thanks, it was a great experience (: