SENDAI

Sendai (仙台) [1] is the largest city (about 1,000,000 people) in the Tohoku region of Japan’s Honshu island. Sendai is divided into five districts: Aoba-ku, Izumi-ku, Miyagino-ku, Taihaku-ku and Wakabayashi-ku.
As everyone here will tell you, “it’s not too big and not too small, it’s very convenient and it’s close to both the sea and the mountains.”

Sendai is a comfortable and pleasant city — it’s a nice place to live. It’s very green — in fact they call it 杜の都 (Mori no Miyako, “Forest City”). The main avenues around the city are wide and tree-lined, giving the city an almost European feel. The main shopping street — confusingly known by two different names, Chūō-dōri (中央通り) and Clis Road — is pedestrianised and covered, so it feels like a mall. Several large universities are located in Sendai, attracting young adults from throughout the Tohoku area.
…WikiTravel



Ōsaki Hachiman Shrine (大崎八幡宮). Completed in 1607, and is designated a national treasure. The metal ornaments and colorful designs displayed against the black lacquer woodwork is an especially attractive feature.


Sendai Castle Ruins (仙台城跡), ☎ 022-225-3074. Often recommended by locals. There’s a replica of a gate and a statue of the founder of the city, Date Masumune. However, the ruins of Sendai Castle is the theme of a famous poem written by Doi Bansui called ‘Kojo no Tsuki’ – ‘The Moon over the desolate castle’. In the poem, the author touchingly invites us to reflect on the impermanence of all life, which is represented by the ruins of the once great castle caught in the light of the full moon. The poem has been put to music and is famous throughout Japan.…WikiTravel

SENDAI NEWS

20 Sep

A policeman was stabbed to death by a knife-wielding man at a police box in the northeastern Japan city of Sendai early on Wednesday. (Jiji)

19 Sep

The average land price in Japan as of July 1 increased 0.1 pct from a year before, the first rise since 1991, when the country’s asset bubble era was ending, the land ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)

25 Aug

Police in Osaka have arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of three infants in an apartment where she used to live in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. (Jiji)

7 Aug

The Tanabata Star Festival has opened in Sendai, northeastern Japan, filling the main shopping arcade in the city with colorful bamboo decorations.
(NHK)

27 Apr

Sendai High Court on Thursday ordered the Miyagi prefectural and Ishinomaki municipal governments to pay a total of some 1,436 million yen in damages to the families of 23 elementary school children killed in the March 2011 tsunami, slightly raising the compensation amount from that set by a lower court. (Jiji)

26 Apr

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)

23 Apr

About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February. (Jiji)

28 Mar

Land prices in Japan’s three biggest cities and their surrounding urban areas have increased for a fifth straight year. Prices are also starting to rise in the rest of the country, for the first time in 26 years. (NHK)

11 Nov

Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a former employee of a subsidiary of trading company Mitsui & Co. in Sendai who is suspected in the embezzlement of nearly 200 million yen, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

2 Nov

Air Do, a regional carrier based in Sapporo, said Tuesday that it has decided to cancel a total of 34 flights on two routes in November due to a lack of pilots. (Japan Times)

4 Oct

Tokyo police have arrested a 52-year-old company employee for driving through a busy pedestrian crossing near Shibuya Station last week. (NHK)

24 Sep

A passenger took the steering wheel of an expressway bus and brought it to a halt after the driver lost consciousness on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday night. The 46-year-old driver was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. (Japan Today)

21 Aug

The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. (Japan Times)

17 Aug

Lack of sunshine caused by prolonged cloudy conditions and lingering rain in Pacific coastal areas of northeastern Japan may cause problems for the rice harvest. (NHK)

31 Jul

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi won a third four-year term in Sunday’s election, a result that reassured Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which fared poorly in two successive major local elections held recently. (Jiji)

24 Jul

In the past several weeks alone, elderly Japanese drivers have been wreaking havoc across the country: breaking through median barriers into oncoming traffic, ploughing over pedestrians crossing the road, and smashing into other cars. In all these cases, somebody was killed. (afr.com)

5 Jul

Japan’s transport ministry is set to help regional airports attract more international flights in an effort to boost the number of foreign tourists to the country. (NHK)

16 Jun

A Japanese man accused of taking pictures up a woman’s skirt stabbed two court officers Friday as the verdict in his sex pest case was being delivered, a court spokesman and media said. (dailymail.co.uk)

13 Jun

Hidden beneath its streets, Japan’s aging sewer pipes spotlight a challenge that has held back reforms Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to revitalise the world’s third-biggest economy. (nytimes.com)