Walking home from the local train station I casually glanced up into the night sky. A few twinkling stars caught my eye, but only a few. I recall seeing many more stars living in the suburbs of San Francisco. I then momentarily relived the summer nights in Akita where the sky was so clear you could see shooting stars every summer night. With over a million people in Sendai, it’s safe to assume that the lights don’t go out after dark. So what’s a casual stargazer with a sense of adventure in Sendai to do? The answer is visit the Sendai Astronomical Observatory.