I'm off to a three-day conference in Sendai tomorrow. The conference itself promises to be fun, though of course the presentations will be in Japanese and range from very difficult to completely impossible for me to understand.
Sendai, by the way, has about one million inhabitants, making it the largest city in Japan I had no idea existed. Which is fine - with no expectations I can only get pleasantly surprised. It's apparently the "city of trees" (there's trees around, I guess) and beef tongue is a speciality for no particular reason I am aware of. People talk very highly of the city, so it should be good. Of course, I'll mostly see the inside of a conference hall and budget hotel but I hope there'll be a few hours to see a bit of the city as well.