To see the real Sendai, walk its alleyways
In the past, many cities in Japan had alleyways (yokocho) full of atmosphere. However, these are disappearing from Japan's cities as redevelopment gets underway. The vibrant alleyways of the city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture are still rich in number, scale, and variety. Not only are they nostalgic, but they also contain hidden potential for development. By focusing on roads such as these alleyways as you start your journey in Sendai, you may gain a glimpse of the city’s future. With such pleasant thoughts in mind, I set out to walk the roads of Sendai.