|Photo taken at Zuihouden Mausoleum, Sendai|
If the city of Shiroishi in Miyagi prefecture is all about Katakura Kojuurou, then the region's capital of Sendai is passionately devoted to Date Masamune. The real life Masamune founded the city in his domain more than four hundred years ago; since then it's grown into a busy urban hub and tourist destination, full of relics from the Sengoku period.
As soon as you step out of the train at Sendai station, you're met by endless references to the celebrated city founder and Musubimaru, the riceball-shaped regional mascot whose design includes nods to Masamune's famous armour. A beautiful stained glass window depicting the historical Date Masamune keeps watch over the station lobby.
And it's likely that you'll also come across the occasional Sengoku Basara poster in between the more traditional ones.
|A poster for the Masamune-kou Matsuri|
Sendai doesn't rely on Capcom's game series quite as much as Shiroishi as there are already numerous tributes to the real Date Masamune. Moments after arriving at the station, I spotted this pink train on the opposite platform. It's decorated with cute pictures and the regional mascot, Musubimaru.
|I wanted to ride on the pink train|
|Sendai Station, viewed from the raised bridges outside|
|I wonder whether they rent motorhorses too|
|The yellow banner is for Toranoana|
|The Loople bus carrying visitors around the sights|
|The intricate decorations of Zuihouden|
|Such spectacular colours!|
The other place I had to visit while in the Sendai area was Aoba-jou, also known as Sendai Castle.
|The obligatory Date Masamune picture everyone takes|
|I took dozens of photographs of the statue...|
|The view from where Masamune stands|
|Of course, I added an ema of my own before leaving|
|Zunda dango: a convenient snack|
|The zunda shakes proved tempting|
|All three flavours side by side|
|Zunda Pretz (please overlook the comics behind)|