• Sendai, Miyagi


I was rather bemused to see my dad almost shout and scream, letting rip a torrent of rich swear words, as he watched the decisive seventh game at Nagoya Dome on Sunday night between the Chunichi Dragons and the Chiba Lotte Marines in the pro-baseball Japan Series. He was apparently rooting for the Dragons (who lost 8-7) based in Nagoya, which serves as a kind of capital for the Tokai region.

I can find no plausible reason why he cheers for this team, as he was born and raised here in Sendai, the effective regional capital for the northern part of the Honshu mainland and a rival candidate site to Nagoya every time the Japanese government toys with the idea of relocating or decentralizing the nation’s capital, Tokyo.

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