Main City: Sendai
Population: 2,306,000 people, ranking 14/47 prefecture (2019)
Geographical / Landscape description
Miyagi Prefecture is in the central part of Tohoku region, facing the Pacific Ocean, and contains Tohoku's largest city, Sendai. There are high mountains in the west and along the northeast coast, but the central plain around Sendai is fairly large.
Generally a mild climate but western areas may register a higher quantity of snowfall compared to the rest of the prefecture.
Time zone: GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)
International dialling code: 0081
Recent history, culture
Without any doubts, Miyagi Prefecture recalls in the minds of the Japanese the image of Date Masamune (1567-1636): one of the most powerful daimyo (territorial lords) of Japan at that time and founder of the city of Sendai.
Thanks to his strong personality and record of successful battles he has been a recurrent character in many movies, writings and even video games. He was easily recognizable by his crescent-moon-bearing helmet. Known for his high level of ethics, a still-quoted aphorism is, "Rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness; benevolence indulged beyond measure sinks into weakness”.
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