Sendai City, situated in centeral Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest city in the Tohoku region. It has prospered as the capital of the Date Clan since its first feudal lord, Date Masamune, who reigned over this district and built Sendai Castle at the beginning of the 17th century. Explore the site of Sendai Castle or rest and relax in the Mt. Aobayama neighborhood, which has been transformed into a splendid public park. The Tanabata Festival, held every summer in Sendai, is considered one of the three greatest festivals in the Tohoku region. It is one of the most popular events, drawing crowds of over 2 million every year. Gorgeous decorations called sasatake and made with bamboo and Japanese paper, are put up in the shopping arcades in front of Sendai Station and in all other parts of the city, in what appears to be a beauty competition among the decorations. The festival is based on the Chinese seventh of July legend: Once a year, the ‘Kengyu’ (a cowherd) represented by the star Altair, and the ‘Orihime’ (a weaver) represented by the star Vega, who are on opposite sides of the Milky Way, are able to meet each other by crossing the bridge of magpie wings over the Milky Way.