Taihaku 太白区

One of the things I love the most about Japan its all the themed events and celebrations that are organized throughout the year. Almost every month there was an event, a welcoming party, a farewell party, Autumn parties, Halloween, Winter parties, Christmas, Hanami, Tanabata… you get what I mean.

I miss it, I think all of us should appreciate the seasons more and learn to properly celebrate them.

So, in November it was time for Imonikai. Imoni is a tradition of northern Japan, done usually around Autumn, that consists of gathering a group of people and having a picnic outside, somewhere usually close to nature and specifically a river.

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View over the place where we were staying

So everyone from the laboratory team got together and we went to a place near Sendai. I remember we left Sendai through the tunnel that goes underneath Aobayama campus. We passed by a small shopping on the side of the road to get our final shopping articles and continued our journey. I also remember passing a parking lot for a big shopping mall, but all my recollections of that path end there.

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By the river side making fires

After a lot of scavenging in Google I managed to find the exact location where we went. It was near mount Okura in Taihaku ku. It was a place that typically hosts Imoni parties near Natori River called 秋保温泉木の家. At this location, you pay for a space and you can even pay to rent some equipment to cook your food.

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Entrance to 秋保温泉木の家

For these picnics since autumn brings the slightly colder days, you’re supposed to eat nabe, a kind of vegetables and meat stew.

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Cooking Nabe

In the end we had to tidy everything up, wash our dishes and return the equipment before we left.

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Walking around the onsen park

Overall it was a great day, spent doing what in the West we would call teambuilding (Ahahah) Just relaxing, cooking and enjoying the beautiful nature.

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Beautiful view from of the river side

I thank our professor that provided these really amazing experiences to us, even when they were working so hard.

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We got here by car and I am not sure if you can get there any other way.

This place was also close to an Onsen and a very nice park. In this park there was a very cool foot Onsen, basically a place where you can sit and put your feet underneath very warm water and relax.

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What would I do differently

On that day I wore a skirt and tights, to this day I still regret it… I feel that I did not get to enjoy the moment properly (Silly girl problems).

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Next Stop…

Next stop was Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, famous for its delicious apples.

Hope you will come back for that next week, じゃねー

 

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