Sendai Tanabata Festival—A Famous Festival in Japan
The Sendai Tanabata Festival is held from August 6th to 8th every year. In downtown Sendai, stores compete to see who can create the most beautiful Tanabata bamboo decorations with colorful Japanese paper (washi). Decorative balls and strips of paper with wishes written on them are attached to the decorations. More than 2 million visitors flock to Sendai to enjoy these beautiful decorations.
Sendai Aoba Festival (May)
The Aoba Matsuri Festival signals the arrival of spring in Sendai and is held in May every year. The main festival held on Sunday features magnificent yamaboko floats and samurai processions parading the zelkova-lined streets in downtown Sendai. The taiko drums and cheers heard on the main streets engulf the entire city in festivity.
The highlight of the Saturday evening festival is the Sparrow Dance contest. Anyone can join the dancing and experience the festival's excitement.
Michinoku YOSAKOI Festival (October)
The Michinoku YOSAKOI Festival is a dynamic festival. People dance to comtemporary arrangements of Tohoku (northeast) region folk songs with original costumes and choreography. Over 8000 dancers participate in the festival from all over Japan. The two day festival, held every October, attracts and enthralls 700 thousand spectators.
In December, Zelkova trees in downtown Sendai are decorated with millions of tiny light bulbs. The streets turn into a tunnel of light that illuminates the city with a warm, romantic radiance. This event, called the Pageant of Starlight, was started by a citizen group in 1986 and is funded through private donations.