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    Streetcar Museum

    by yumyum Written Dec 26, 2007

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    By chance I found out about Sendai having a tramway museum. The museum is small and free of charge. It's a bit hard to find though and I needed help as I lost my way. But basically follow the map that hanging at the subway station and keep your eye on the line above that goes from the end station to the depot. If all goes well, you walk about 12 minutes.

    The trams in Sendai run from 1926 till 1976. Today you find a few vintage trams in the museum.

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    Mediatheque

    by yumyum Written Dec 26, 2007

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    I was told about this Mediatheque by the Dutch guy I travelled along the Transsiberian with. He was an architect and he especially travelled to Sendai to see this amazing structure. So, I thought, why not check it out too.

    This building from 2001 can be visited for free. If you want to take pictures inside you need to get a special pass which means you wear a tag so that people now you are taking pictures. But you are not allowed to take pictures of the people there, so be careful and respect the rules.

    There is free internet as well here.

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  • Donto Festival

    by yen_2 Written Jun 5, 2003

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    For the Donto Festival, which is held on January 14 each year, the Osaki Hachiman Shrine is decorated with pine boughs, and visitors pray for health and prosperity during the coming year as the prayer cards (ofuda) of the past year are burnt in a bonfire.

    Pictures will come later! thanks..

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  • Shopping Spree around the Station

    by yen_2 Written Jun 5, 2003

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    I was amazed how Sendai has a great shopping areas around the Train Station. They have the elevated floors only for the sky walking which stretches to all the area, it reaally is designed nicely like the Train Station in OSAKA but I find Sendai much wonderful as it's not too crowded to compare! you can find branded wears from apparels to Japanese food chains in the ground area.

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    Shopping Spree in Downtown Sendai

    by nightlight_princess Written Aug 12, 2008

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    Sendai has a compact downtown which is generally centered to the west of JR Sendai Station. An aerial view of the entire city is available for free from the Azur observation deck, located in Azur Sendai Building.

    The broad streets and abundance of greenery have resulted in Sendai's nickname, "the city of trees". Many parks and public spaces contribute to the greenery.

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    Sendai has a compact downtown which is generally centered to the west of JR Sendai Station. An aerial view of the entire city is available for free from the Azur observation deck, located in Azur Sendai Building.

    The broad streets and abundance of greenery have resulted in Sendai's nickname, "the city of trees". Many parks and public spaces contribute to the greenery.



    Ichibancho Shopping Arcade
    Trees can even be found in the covered shopping area, Ichibancho Arcade. This covered mall connects several streets together in the downtown area to create the largest arcade in the Tohoku region. The shopping area includes several different arcade malls and covers a T-shaped area along Ichibancho and Chuo dori.

    Shops along the arcades range from the budget 100 yen chains, to an Apple store with the full range of restaurants, clothing and souvenir stores in between.

    Asaichi ("morning market") is another shopping option that offers visitors a look at local, seasonal fish and produce. A few stalls sell prepared foods such as onigiri, while flower vendors have seasonal plants and cut flowers. The market is located on a small street, only about 100 meters in length.

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    Sendai Mediatheque

    by robertbaum Updated May 4, 2012

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    Japanese: せんだいメディアテーク

    To suggest a mediatheque as a city's favourite attraction might sound somewhat unusual, but in fact, it's not only me that would do so in the case of Sendai.

    Sendai Mediatheque was designed by the famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito. If standing in front of the building you might see nothing more than a glass box, but don't be fooled. When entering you will surely recognise some large-diametre tubes or steel-ribbed shafts (tubular columns, mainly steel-tube truss construction) inclined in ever changing angles penetrating the floor and ceiling, running all through the building up to the roof. Imagine the tubes are like seaweed smoothly floating in the ocean and you will understand the design intent by Toyo Ito. But in fact, these tubes are more than just an artistic play, they function as elevator shafts, enclosure for staircases, air ducts, light wells and last but not least as load bearing columns (yes, you won't find any ordinary column in this building), all in a single element.

    Without worrying too much about the architecture itself, you can of course immerse yourself in the tons of media they have on display in the library, gallery and visual media centre.

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    Ruins of Sendai Castle

    by robertbaum Updated May 5, 2012

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    The castle known as Sendai Castle (仙台城, Sendai-jō) or more popular as Aoba Castle (青葉城, Aoba-jō) after its location upon Aoba Mountain, was constructed about 1602 by order of Date Masamune. It functioned as the government office of the Date clan until 1875, when it was demolished by the Imperial Restorationist Forces.
    Apart from the castle walls, only a few buildings remain or were rebuild. Nevertheless it is a scenic spot.

    More info: http://www.jcastle.info/castle/profile/30-Sendai-Castle
    Even more info: http://www.mgu.ac.jp/~jfmorris/SendaiHTM/Sendai.htm

    Further sights on the castle site:
    - Miyagi prefecture's Gokoku Shrine
    - Statue of Lord Masamune sitting on a horse
    - Monument to Tohson Shimazaki
    - Bust of Doi Bansui and Monument to "The Moon over a ruined castle"
    - Monument to the memory of Japan and China War

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  • Osaki Hachiman Shrine

    by yen_2 Updated Jun 5, 2003

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    The shrine, which has been designated a national treasure, is representative of elaborate Momoyama style architecture. The shrine was built by Masamune Date in 1607, who patterned it after the Toyokuni Shrine in Kyoto.

    Pictures will come later as I have to look for them...oh too many thing sto do;-)

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    Kotodaikoen.

    by Sharrie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    KOTODAIKOEN: Sendai has been known as the 'City of Trees'. Start your walk from this park towards Jozenji-dori Avenue where rich greenery are found amongst the tall buildings. Here, you can admire the bronze statues by Greco & Crocetti.

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  • Loople Sendai bus

    by htbthomas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    An inexpensive way to see most of the major sights of the city. For 600 yen, you can travel around on a quaint trolley-style bus. Most of the info is in Japanese, but there is enough English to understand where you are going (Korean as well).

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  • Zuihoden

    by htbthomas Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    The mausoleum of Date Masamune (Sendai's central historical figure) and his heirs. The original was bombed out during WWII, but the restorations are beautifully done. There are three main mausoleums and a museum. Most of the displays are in Japanese, but there is a brochure in English that explains the highlights.

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  • The observation decks of the...

    by htbthomas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The observation decks of the SS30 and AER Buildings
    A nice way to get a view of all of Sendai. On a nice day, one can see to the ocean on the east side, the Dai-Kannon statue on the north, and the mountains to the west.

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  • Dai-Kannon statue

    by htbthomas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A huge 100 meter statue visible all over Sendai. It was built to commemorate 100 years of city goverment. Inside, one can go to the 12th floor and see views of the city, as well as 108 Buddha statues of various kinds.

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    Miyagi prefecture's Gokoku Shrine

    by robertbaum Updated May 5, 2012
    Miyagi prefecture

    Japanese name: 宮城縣護國神社

    Gokoku shrines or "shrines to defend the country" are Shinto shrines, in which soldiers and other military personnel are worshiped as kami (gods), who died in wars on the Japanese side. (The most famous one is the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, sometimes politically controversial.) In principle there is only one major Gokoku shrine in each prefecture and the honoured are Japanese war dead from the same prefecture. Their names are individually listed in the registers of the respective shrines.

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    Bansuisodo - Doi Bansui Memorial Hall

    by robertbaum Updated May 5, 2012
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    Doi Bansui (1871 - 1952), whose real name was Tsuchi'i Rinkichi, was born in Sendai. He was a teacher and poet. After graduating from the Imperial University of Tokyo, where he studied English Literature, he taught English at the Second Higher Middle School in Sendai. He made a large contribution to Japanese literature by translating and introducing Homer's epic poems into Japanese. "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" (translated directly from Greek) are regarded as his greatest work as a translator. Since his time at the university he had written and published many collections of poems and gained reputation as a poet. Especially, "Kojo-no-Tsuki (The Moon above a ruined castle)", words by Doi Bansui and music composed by Taki Rentaro, is one of the most popular songs in Japan.
    In 1934, he changed his surname to "Doi", because his name written in Chinese character was mis-pronounced quite often, so today he is known as "Doi Bansui".

    More info: http://lafcadiohearn.jp/tokyo/bansui.html

    Bansuisodo Memorial Hall is the former house of Doi Bansui. It was given to him by his students as a present and token of their admiration after Bansui's previous house was lost in an air raid in 1945. It is a beautiful traditional wooden house with a lovely garden.

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