Masses of variously colored cosmos flowers are very common around Kitakami in the fall.
This is definitely not the kind of pepperoncini I ran around town looking for back in May:
As it turns out, this kind of pasta is actually called peperoncino. This batch is from a mix, consisting of a liquid sauce packet (olive oil, garlic oil, soy sauce, and some other stuff) and a separate toppings packet (toasted garlic, parsley, and sliced dried togarashi). It's quite delicious.