Cycling Japan – day 40 – Day off in Sendai to see the Aoba Matsuri Festival

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  • Day 40 – Day off in Sendai to see the Aoba Matsuri Festival
  • Weather: Sunny and hot
  • Accommodation: Couchsurfing host Tama-san, Sendai

Thanks to the excellent Facebook group, ‘Touring Japan by Bicycle,’ I was made aware of the Sendai Aoba Matsuri festival and it looked like I could make it there on time. The festival is considered one of the three biggest in the region, and dates back to 1655. I went along with Tama-san and her friend and had a great day.

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

A samurai at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen performing at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen performing at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen performing at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen performing at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Firemen at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

River fish

River fish

'Kanpai' with my couch-surfing host Tama-chan on the left and her friend

‘Kanpai’ with my couch-surfing host Tama-chan on the left and her friend

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance 'suzume odori' at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance ‘suzume odori’ at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance 'suzume odori' at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance 'suzume odori' at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance ‘suzume odori’ at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance 'suzume odori' at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

Watching the sparrow dance ‘suzume odori’ at the Aoba Matsuri, Sendai

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2 responses to “Cycling Japan – day 40 – Day off in Sendai to see the Aoba Matsuri Festival

  1. Lovely photos of the festival. Very good timing – you arrived just in time to see the colourful performances in Sendai. Hoping that you are not too saddle sore! Chris and I are ignoring the iffy weather and enjoying our break in Shropshire. Jxx

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