Miyagi prefecture is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Tohoku region. The capital city of Sendai is one of the largest cities in Tohoku with the population of over one million. Miyagi has relatively little snowfall among the Tohoku prefectures, and therefore, its mild weather makes it a comfortable place to live. Sendai city where Date Masamune establ
ished the feudal fief of Date about 400 years ago, is a place of lush greenery and is called the “capital of trees.” In the vast Sendai Plain, rice farming is thriving, and Sendai is known as the production site of famous brand rice such as Sasanishiki and Hitomebore. Along the coast, there are over 140 fishing ports such as Kesennuma, Ishimaki, and Shiogama with one of the highest volume of bonito, Pacific saury, and tuna caught in Japan. In August, a traditional event, Sendai Tanabata Festival, one of the most famous festivals in Tohoku is held. Tanabata decorations appear in every corner of the city such as in the shopping arcade in city’s center and around Sendai station. It is estimated that a total of 3,000 Tanabata decorations are set up, and the entire city is filled with the festive spirit. Fukinagashi streamers with an ornamental ball on top are the most common Tanabata decoration, and over two million people come to the festival each year to see the fabulous, multi-colored decorations. Sasakamaboko is a famous local specialty food of Sendai. It is a thin, oval shaped steamed fish paste resembling the shape of a bamboo leaf. It was named after the family crest of “bamboo and bamboo leaves” that belonged to Sendai’s feudal lord, the Date clan. Sendai is also the production site of Sendai beef, and a beef tongue dish that is said to have originated in Sendai has gained nationwide popularity. As for famous tourist spots in Miyagi prefecture, Akiho hot springs with the Akiho Great Falls, and Matsushima, which includes 260 islands of different sizes and is considered one of the three most scenic places in Japan, are popular. Also, the SENDAI Pageant of Starlight held in December each year has become a popular annual event.
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Sendai City Museum was opened in 1961 at the ruin of Sendai Castle San-no-maru to exhibit and study the materials donated in 1951 by the Date family. ...
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