英語で Outside of Japan there are some rumours on the luxurious treatment of cows before they get cut into wagyu beef, varying from daily massages to a special diet which includes nihonshu. Whether or not these rumours are true, the resulting meat is rather special, ideal for yakiniku (fried meat).
英語で: A few hours north of Sendai, one can find Hiraizumi. In the twelfth century, this small town was briefly the centre of what is now Tohoku. The Chuuson-ji (temple) became a Buddhist centre for the region, attracting many artisans from Kyoto. The main remnant of these days is the Konjikido, a richly decorated, golden hall.
英語で: Sendai is host to one of the major Tanabata festivals. The local shopping arcade was turned into a forest of decorations.
英語で: As mentioned before, rice is the staple of the Japanese diet. Once one knows the basics of cooking it, one can add some extras.
The day before, add konbu (kelp) and dried mushrooms to water and leave in the refrigerator to create a dashi.
英語で: Udon are thick wheat noodles, often served in a soup, either hot or cold. The cold version is especially refreshing in the hot weather.