A true Sendai native living in the city since he was a child. He is the chief of the handicrafts store “Kogensha Sendai branch”, and collects excellent handworked items from all over the country.

Where is your favorite spot to stop by after work and so forth?

“Iroha Yokocho” of Sun Mall Ichiban-cho, is a shopping street I’ve visited frequently since I was a child. Adding to the vegetable stores and fish stores, there are fashionable places like cafes now. It is a naturally retro street where I feel relaxed just strolling around.

What is a “soul food” of Miyagi that you’re proud of?

A high proportion of sake made in Miyagi is junmai sake (sake made with only rice and yeast), and there are many sake cellars which brew fine sake. My recent favorite is “Haginotsuru” made by a sake cellar in Kan-nari, Kurihara City. It has a flowery flavor, which goes well with food from the land and sea.

What is your favorite place in Miyagi where you’d want to show your friends around?

The site of “Sendai Castle” is a standard tourist spot, but it is a pleasing place with a view of the Hirose River running before your eyes and a sweeping view of the city all the way to the Pacific Ocean. In addition, there are facilities like a museum, an art museum, and a botanical garden of Tohoku University around it, so you can enjoy everything from nature to art.