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Prefecture/City: Sendai City
Capital/Prefecture: Miyagi Prefecture
Governor/Mayor: Emiko Okuyama
Area: 785.9 square km (303.4 square miles)
Population: 1.07 million as of January 2014
Flower: Japanese clover
Tree: Zelkova
Bird: Cuckoo
Business & Industry:

Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region and the area’s business center. Wholesale, retail and the service sector are the main industries. Tohoku Shinkansen trains branch out at Sendai station and continue toward Iwate and Akita prefectures. Sendai port serves as a hub of the Tohoku economy.

Tourism & Culture:

Sendai is home to Nippon Professional Basesball”s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who won the Japan Series in 2013. The suzume odori (sparrow dance) is a traditional dance originating in Sendai and performed at various events in Sendai, including the Sendai Aoba Festival in May.

Famous for:

Local culinary specialties, including zunda mochi (rice cakes with soybean paste) and sasa kamaboko (fish cakes) and gyutan (cow tongue) are well-known Sendai dishes.