Sendai Tansu: Must-see when Combined with Japanese Food!
Have you heard of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture? It’s known for its famed handicraft, the “Sendai Tansu” (dresser). New Japanese furniture is gradually growing more modernized but in this region they still value keeping things with the Japanese “Wa” aesthetic. Perhaps you too will gain an interest in Japanese history from today’s article.
1. Former Date Clan Residence – Shokeikaku
1-1. Genkan (Entrance)
1-2. Washitsu (Japanese-style Room)
1-4. The armor and helmet of Date Masamune
Go a little further inside and… aha! Here’s the armor and helmet of Date Masamune. You can feel its history—it’s so cool. It’s easy to forget about Japan’s samurai period when walking around Tokyo.
2. Japanese Food
2-2. The Date family crest
2-3. Tansu Ryori
This is a Sendai Tansu, a traditional handicraft. As you’d expect from a high-quality dresser, the color of the wood and the metal fittings have deep meaning to them. This is a small one but there are many that are large and cost 300,000 to 1 million yen.
There’s also a “karakuri tansu” that’s theft-proof. It has a special mechanism so you can’t open it in a normal way. This is like a ninja house lol
I hope you enjoyed this place and that you’ll visit once and experience true “wa”!
Address: 143-3, Moniwa Hitokitanishi, Taihaku-ku Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Access: Catch the bus at the Sendai station (No.8 bus stop)
Open: 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 20:00 (At night, reservations are required)
Price: 2000 – 3000 yen
Official Website: Shokeikaku