At the end of my Spring Break, I went to Sendai to hang out with my two friends, Kimiko and Hide! On this adventure I found myself with a bunch of new experiences. I got to stay in a Capsule Hotel, eat cow’s tongue, and even go to Shimizu Shouta’s concert, a well-known RnB artist in Japan!
The bus ride from Tokyo to Sendai was 4 hours long. As soon as I got to Sendai, I went straight to my hotel. It was not just any hotel, it was a capsule hotel. Now for those of you who don’t know what a Capsule hotel is, it is a hotel where you sleep in a capsule. Aside from receiving your own capsule and locker, you share other amenities like the showers and bathrooms.
Honestly, I thought Capsule Hotels were going to be uncomfortable. I thought that I would have to sleep in a tiny little capsule that was similar to those little bed things they use in the morgue for those who’ve passed on. Thankfully, I was quite wrong. The Capsule was very spacious. Not only that, but it had a TV, some earphones, and an outlet inside.
The amenities that came with the capsule were also great! I got to enjoy an onsen, use a laundry machine, wear some comfortable sleep wear provided by the hotel, use as many toothbrushes as I wanted, and use a fancy hair dryer to dry my buzzed head.
After dropping my stuff off at the hotel, I met up with my friends at Sendai station. Having not eaten for half a day, we went to eat Sendai’s famous food, “Gyutan.” Or in English, Cow’s Tongue. If you would have asked me two years ago to try and eat Cow’s tongue, I would have told you “You’re crazy!” Being in Japan, I can’t hold anything back. I just had to eat one of Japan’s exotic foods! The tongue was delicious. It was so good, I ate everything on my plate and then some from my friends.
After eating such delicious food, we went to the Shimizu Shouta concert! The concert was awesome! You could tell that Shimizu Shouta was very popular amongst the women in Japan as 95% of his audience consisted of women. As an singer and piano player, he was absolutely amazing. He could play anything on the piano and sing at ridiculously high pitches. There was a point in the concert where he took requests from the audience. To my surprise, he could sing every song they requested. Not only that he even created his own version on the piano as he played. I can say that he was truly talented. One of my favorites of his is “Aishiteru,” which means “I love you.”
Amongst all the things I did in Sendai, my most favorite experience of them all would have to be spending time with my friends. Without the generosity of my friend Kimiko, I would have not been able to go to the Shimizu Shouta concert. And without the kindness of Hide, I would not have been able to wear a Shimizu Shouta concert T-shirt, or eat some delicious food! Thank you, you two! Sendai was awesome!