We'd planned a trip to Yamadera (a temple on a mountain near us) on this day off, but gloomy weather put us off making a big trip. Instead, we got the train to Kitayama, and went to Rinnoji temple. It's the family temple of the Date clan (family of Date Masamune who founded Sendai). It was founded in 1444, but only moved to Sendai when the Date's did in the 1600s. The buildings are OK, but it's the garden that's really pretty.
There were donkeys but I have no idea why. John enjoying meeting people of his own intelligent level though.
Calm and peaceful.
Day was really overcast, but it was still lovely.
Date family emblem. See the sparrows in the middle? They're the reason for the Sparrow Dance.
Just down the road there was a smaller shinto shrine that we visited too.
And after reading this post, I had to take photos of these statues, and impress John with my knowledge about why one has an open mouth, and one a closed one :)