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.
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.
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.
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
13-13 Matsushima Fugendo
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.
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