Sendai is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, the largest city in the Tōhoku region, and the second largest city north of Tokyo. In 2010, the city had a population of one million, and is one of Japan's 20 designated cities. The city was founded in 1600 by the daimyō Date Masamune, and is nicknamed the City of Trees ; there are about 60 zelkova trees on Jōzenji Street and Aoba Street .
In the summer, the Sendai Tanabata Festival, the largest Tanabata festival in Japan, is held. In winter, the trees are decorated with thousands of lights for the Pageant of Starlight (光のページェント), lasting through most of December.
On March 11, 2011, coastal areas of the city suffered catastrophic damage from a magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake, which triggered a destructive tsunami.