I had two hours to kill between weddings today, so went oot 'n aboot the downtown core to see what Halloweenish decos are around. Across from my wedding locale, is the tallest building in Sendai and they have a fairly nice display outside.
Within the building there is a chocolatiere that sells REALLY expensive choco. It's name is Jacques Something or Other and they had a cute little poster of Jacques O' Lanterns. You could get one of 4 buttons if you buy something for 5 bucks. Well I bought a 5 dollar spicy hot chocolate that didn't taste very good at all and when I asked for my button, I was refused. Apparently, you have to buy one of those cheap plastic pumpkins in the poster that has a few candies in it. I huffed and puffed and the lady relented and gave me a badge. Hardly seemed worth all the fuss.
As I wondered further downtown, I noticed a flower shop with a guordgeous display.
There was a travel fair going on and if I had more time, I might have investigated further. As it stands, I only stopped at one display because they had a Hello Kitty bag. It also came with a pack of Kitty tissues. While hanging around, I encountered a few spokespersons including NyuNyu.
Further along, there were some plants at the Ghibli Shop with a cheap pumpkin shoved in it to shill for Halloween. The Ghibli characters looked great though.
These wolf masks look great and if I had had more time, I would have wasted even more cash trying to win one.
I did manage to resist buying any Nightmare items from Disney. A tad overpriced.
As I moved along Ichibancho, a bunch of kids were selling goods. One young lad shoved a piece of fabric in my face and tried explaining this work of tapestry. I ignored his attempt and went straight for the awesome Date Masamune Jack 'o Lantern!
At Kododai Koen, there was a Milk Fair going on including a giant cow filled with jumping kiddies.
There was a live cow that you could milk and if there wasn't such a lineup, I would have loved to try; it's been a while since I've had my hands on some teats.
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That was it for the afternoon but later that evening, my former Shiogama colleagues had a pub night with a bunch of their students. I just happened to have some Halloween candies to give out. Each candy reads:
Woooo! Monsters appear with spooky groaning. Are you scared? No! Have a bite? Yes! Get yourself addicted to frightening and yummy monster sweets!
I also just happened to have the dragon from Sleeping Beauty on hand, so handed it to an Awake Beauty, Yvonne.
I don't think she realizes that her new pet has a drinking problem.
Finally, we wondered over to Oggi Domani for a nightcap before we went our separate ways. We were stuffed in the corner near the loo so I gave out spare candies to whosoever had to wait in line. One such gal took a shining for my Gachapin garb. Too bad, I had to take off and grab the last bus!