3. Learn About Daimyo Date Masamune's City

Sendai was founded 1600 by daimyo (great lord) Date Masamune, known as "One-Eyed Dragon," who is remembered in this equestrian statue in Aobayama Park. The ruins of his castle here draw visitors with interest in Japanese history. As you explore the modern city, you'll experience his innovative approach to urban design which is reflected in the city's layout and influences modern Japan's cities as well. Date also sent expeditions around the globe including a diplomatic mission to the Pope in Rome. Though he had worldwide influence, Sendai is his resting place. Look for signs of his presence throughout the city.

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