Sendai is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, the largest city in the Tōhoku region. The city was founded in 1600 by the daimyō Date Masamune. It is nicknamed the City of Trees; there are zelkova trees lining many of the main thoroughfares such as Jōzenji Street and Aoba Street. In the summer, the Sendai Tanabata Festival, the largest Tanabata festival in Japan, is held. In winter, the trees are decorated with thousands of lights for the Pageant of Starlight, lasting through most of December.
Sendai is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Sendai is ranked #78 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Sendai was ranked #931 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Sendai has a population of over 1,091,407 people. Sendai also forms part of the wider Sendai metropolitan area which has a population of over 2,335,000 people.