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Monday, June 08, 2015

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima

みちのく伊達政宗歴史館

Date Masamune (1567-1636) is surely Sendai's favorite son and the pride of Tohoku. The warrior's aura quietly abides throughout the city and several versions of his image adorn signs, places, and merchandise. I have read a translated version of the historical manga by Yokoyama Mitsuteru, and it left me with the impression that Date Masamune was awesome.

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima.

 In Matsushima there is a Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum. Outside the door is a marker indicating the height of the tsunami waters, about to my knees. Inside, the first thing you observe is not unexpected but Date Masamune in full armor, sitting astride his horse.

Next is a large hall filled with famous people from the Tohoku region, and wow, are they impressive. The figures, depicting individuals such as Noguchi Hideyo and Dazai Osamu, are incredibly realistic. I could imagine being very nervous if forced to spend a night at this museum.

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima.


Once you walk past the seated Matsudaira Katamori the story of Data Masamune begins. A series of full-scale figures in detailed, descriptive dioramas start with the warrior's birth and chronicle his life and times.

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima.


I was very pleased to see English translations and to note that the facts echo those from the manga, leading me to believe a historical record of the events does exist. Someone took a great deal of care with this museum - the figures, costumes, and scenery are beautiful and well-crafted.

As it turns out, a group of schoolchildren entered the museum after we did. Theirs was a fast visit whereas we continued to linger - slowing reading, examining, and thinking.

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima, Japan.


Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum
13-13 Matsushima Fugendo
Matsuchima-machi
Miyagi-ken 981-0213
Tel: 022 354 4131

The Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum is a 10-minute walk from Matsushima Kaigan Station on the JR Senseki Line. Matsushima Kaigan Station is 39 minutes from Sendai Station.

Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum Matsushima, Tohoku, Japan.


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