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2017 Sendai Pageant of StarlightRead Later
2017 will mark the 32st anniversary of the Pageant of Starlight. Each year 600,000 lights, called Starlight Leaves, illuminate the trees that line downtown Sendai’s Jozenji-Dori.
Miyagi Zao Juhyo “Ice Monster” ToursRead Later
This tour takes you to see the rare “juhyo,” as you ride in Wild Monster, a heated Snowcat bus.“Juhyo,” also known as “ice monsters,” are trees covered in ice and snow in the process of a phenomenon where mist and water vapors freeze directly onto deciduous trees. The formation of juhyo requires precise conditions, such as constant wind from a single direction, so they can only be seen in a few specific locations in Japan’s Tohoku region, including Zao.Zao is a popular tourist spot not just for its juhyo, but for skiing and hot springs as well.
A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Miyagi: Fiery Red Maple Leaves Covering a Famous Mountain to the South of Mount ZaoRead Later
Miyagi Prefecture boasts Akiu Great Falls, one of the three greatest waterfalls in Japan and Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan, both of which are also famous fall foliage viewing spots. But if you want to appreciate the beauty of fall foliage in a quiet place, Choroko Lake in Shiroishi is recommended. Although not massively popular, the region has fiery red fall foliage and Mount Fubo (“Fubosan” in Japanese), a famous mountain to the south of Mount Zao.
Date Masamune resided in Iwadeyama, Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, when he was a hot-blooded youth. He led an army of 3,000 fearless warriors and headed for Kyoto, the center of Japan of that period. With the stirrups patterned with tigers, leopards, bears or peacocks, Date Masamune’s samurais on horses wore half-moon-bearing armor, held golden tachi and had a commanding presence. To commemorate the history, local people hold the Date Masamune Festival (Masamune-kou Matsuri) on the second Sunday of September every year.
Japan has many small islands with a large feline population, and even several places called “cat islands”. Some of them have turned into tourist attractions for cat lovers in recent years. Miyagi Prefecture also boasts such a cat island, Tashirojima.
On September 9 & 10, 2017, the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival in Sendai will be held around Sendai’s Jozenji Street, which is lined with many trendy cafés and dessert bars.
The Tohoku region host many festivals, including the Three Great Festivals, namely the Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Akita Kanto Festival and the Sendai Tanabata (“July 7” in the lunar calendar) Festival. Among them, the 2017 Sendai Tanabata Festival began on August 6, 2017 and lasted for three days.
The Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of the Tohoku region.
For three days every year, from August 6th through August 8th, you can see beautiful Tanabata decorations all across Sendai City.
Tanabata is the name given to the one day per year on which Orihime and Hikoboshi were allowed to meet each other. The event was once related to the “Star Legend” and “Festival to Plead for Skills” that were brought to Japan from China, but it has since evolved into a Japan-specific event called Tanabata.
In recent times, many places celebrate Tanabata on the Gregorian calendar’s July 7th, but there are still many places that celebrate it on August 7th, which is close to Japan’s old lunisolar calendar’s July 7th.