"I have made up my mind to go see the pale moon over Matsushima."
So said famed Japanese poet Matsuo Basho to one of his disciples before setting off on a trip to Tohoku that would become the basis for his famous travelogue called, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North".
More recently in 1922, Einstein came to Sendai to give a lecture at Tohoku University but was really in town to see the moon over Matsushima. After his moon gazing he declared the moon the most glorious over Matsushima.
Finally, in 2013, Matsushima Bay became the first Japanese bay to be admitted to France based, "Most Beautiful Bay Club."
To those who have not seen Matsushima Bay, it truly is stunning and worth the trip from Tokyo.