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ken (prefecture), northern Honshu, Japan, its indented coastline forming Sendai Bay of the Pacific Ocean. Much of its area is mountainous. The Sendai Plain in the south contains the prefectural capital, Sendai. To the north is the beautiful Matsushima Bay, long celebrated for its more than 200 islands covered with pines. Agricultural products of the area include rice, vegetables, and cattle. The fishing industry yields herring and sardines. Other industries produce lumber, foodstuffs, pulp, electrical machinery, and transport equipment.