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Day Off The staff at Grace Mission Tohoku work all week for the Ishinomaki community.  And even on their day off, they brought me along!  Little did I know how awesome the day would turn out….

First, a long hike up a mountain shrine…

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We made it to the top!!!!  …and having too much fun.

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Next stop, AEON SUPERCENTER to play some arcade games!

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Would you believe some prizes are from Costco?

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Then it’s already lunch time…TAKOYAKI!  The ones from the food court were SOOOOOO GOOOD!!!!

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Next, time to shop for a pet!  Look at all the cute animals in their caged windows!

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This doggy costs $1,700 dollars!  Yikes!

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Next stop, coffee at Coffee Ippo www.coffee-ippo.com/  Located in the woods of Kesennuma (~2 hours north of Ishinomaki), the coffee shop is in the middle of nowhere.  Just lots of forests….but once you find it, and walk in, you will be transported magically into a warm and welcoming wooden cabin!  Apparently this guy goes around the world for the best coffee beans!

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Coffee jelly with whip cream.  Amazing.  Perfectly mildly bitter.

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Afterwards, we discovered a playground nearly:

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Extremely fun!

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At the end of the day, we decided to revisit AEON supercenter again to get dinner supplies:

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Look at this nabe hot pot!!!! AMAZINGLY GOOD!!! Why does everything Japanese taste so good? :p

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Hungry Cactus’ Verdict: A

What a wonderful day!  Thanks to Virginia for being such an awesome guide (and driving us all day), and for Kat for a few of the above pictures!  I really miss hanging out with you guys! 🙂

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