Beautiful streets lined with Japanese Zelkova trees, preserved by the people of this "Forest city"
The symbol of Sendai, referred to as mori no miyako (forest city), is Aoba Street, lined with Japanese Zelkova trees. It is a beautiful street, starting from Sendai Station and running through the center of the city, and reaching Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle), one of the representative sightseeing spots in Sendai. The street was developed in 1954, after World War II. Houses burnt during air raids were demolished, and the Japanese Zelkova trees were planted to restore the town, which was abundant in green. Although some trees died under several trimming plans or due to environmental contamination, most were preserved by citizens’ actions. The trees currently cover the entire street, and have become the symbol of Sendai with their rich green. Although the area near Sendai Station is a busy shopping zone lined by department stores, it is also a financial district with many banks on the street, and serves as the center for the economy of Tohoku.
Another attractive point of Aoba Street is that you can enjoy a variety of beautiful scenery for each season. During spring, highlighted by beautiful young leaves, the Aoba Festival with a gorgeous parade of floats and a warrior procession is held. The trees provide cool shade in the summer, and change into beautiful colors in fall. However, the most recommended event is the Sendai Pageant of Lights, held in December, when the trees along Aoba Street and Jozenji Street are decorated with a few hundred-thousand LED lights. You will certainly be enchanted by the brilliant lights.
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