Sendai and Tanabata
On Monday we went to District Meeting in Sendai and afterwards we had a good time going to the "Tanabata Festival." Originally I have heard that this is the Japanese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, a couple who could only see each other once a year. But I guess now it is a festival of these huge hanging decorations lined up one after another in this indoor mall, which goes on for three blocks and then extends down the street further! Some of these decorations are amazingly intricate. There are many with a lot of origami on them or other tedious ornaments. Here are a couple of pictures of the decorations:
The guy in the wheelchair had hurt his leg the day before so was only temporarily disabled. Then a little further down the mall, we were singled out by the NHK radio station wanting our opinion on the festival. They were especially excited to see that some of the missionaries were Americans. So we were on the airwaves:
The funny thing was that the one person they singled out to ask a lot of questions to was an elder who has been here only three weeks (shown on the left of this photo) and his Japanese is not very good. So as the lady was interviewing him and asking him questions, the others were whispering to him the translation and hoping he could answer in Japanese!