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Sendai is a city with a population of one million, and is the political and economic center of Japan’s "Tohoku" (northeast) Region. The city is directly connected to Japan’s capital, Tokyo by the "Tohoku Shinkansen" bullet train in less than two hours. Sendai also has regular flights to and from major domestic and international cities. Sendai shares the same latitudes as Washington D.C., the capital of the U.S., and Athens, Greece.
 Greenery is abundant in the center of the city, which has tree-lined streets and parks. As a result, Sendai is called the “City of Trees.” The city is also known as an “Academic City” due to a number of universities and educational institutes including Tohoku University, concentrated in and around Sendai. The history of Sendai dates back to 1602 when Masamune Date chose the area for the location of his castle. The symposium venue of Sendai International Center (SIC) is located near the old castle’s ruins, with old stone walls and monuments telling the story of Sendai's rich history.
 In the 2011 great Tohoku-Oki earthquake, the tsunami attacked the shore of Sendai, located at 10 km east of the Sendai Station. Although the shore region has not yet completely recovered, the structural damage in downtown of Sendai was so limited that the city has been back to normal and nowadays it is safe for travel.
 You can find more about Sendai through travel guide websites such as

http://www.sentabi.jp/en/


http://www.city.sendai.jp/kikaku/kokusai/english/index.html.

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