I saw a sign for a cool looking library on the Senseki line that I was taking out to Matsushima and researched it and found this article, which states that this is the second collaboration between Tsutaya and a public library (the other city is Takeo in Saga prefecture in Kyushu). It has a Starbucks and restaurant in addition-the library is next to the station and is the kind of "third place" that I like to hang out at. So since it was raining I stopped for a coffee and checked out the cool design-lots of light and space. It seems to be a successful idea, so I hope to see more of these collaborations in Japan in the future.
This is the public library space adjacent to the commercial space.
Yamadera in the hills from the station platform. I went to Sendai and then took a local train to Yamagata to visit this temple-famous for one of the places in Tohoku (the Northeast) that Matsuo Basho wrote a poem at.
We started with smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle and fried alligator with chili garlic mayonnaise.
Louisiana cochon with cabbage, cracklins & pickled peaches.
Sergio made it to the second round of the 610 Stompers a dance-charity group that performs in the Mardi Gras parade among other events, here's a YouTube Video, I went to cheer him on at Harrah's Casino.
Dance Captains performing the routine for comparison.