Strangely enough, I didn't mean to go to an old, historic-y type place at all that day. I was just looking for a nice park so I could get out of the apartment for a while. I've just got a way of picking 'em pretty good I guess. Oh, and on the way, I passed by some shrines and stuff, and I couldn't pass them up. (^-^)
THIS weekend, I was pretty busy. I went to Sendai and some of the towns nearby with one of my students on Sunday, and we checked out some of the places that were damaged pretty heavily by the earthquake and tsunami, as well as some historic buddhist temples. It was kind of eerie standing where there used to be a whole town. Shinchi-machi (the last place we went) looked at first sight like it was just an empty plain, but as we drove by, we could see all the foundations of houses and remnants of roads that were leftover after the cleanup.
The only building that was still standing was an old elementary school, but the damage was pretty obvious. You'll see it in the pictures. I don't even have any family in Japan, but it was very eye opening and a bit depressing.
Today, I met with a friend from my volleyball group and a friend of his and we checked out places all around Aizu. The first was Kitakata, which is famous for having the best ramen in Japan. I agree. Everything was amazing, and the whole bowl was devoured in minutes. Best ramen I've ever eaten in my life. And I loved ramen BEFORE today.
Then we went to some places near Inawashiro, a small town very near Aizu that is home to Japan's second largest lake (as far as I was told). It was a great day, though I didn't really take any pictures. You'll just have to believe that it was super awesome cool.
And that's all I've got for now. I'd promise a speedy update, I already know what would come of that, so I'll save you the disappointment. See? I'm such a nice guy. But until next time, じゃね～！