In 1956, Sendai Airport was returned to Japan.
The airport is marked by the design of its terminal. The curving and waving roof imitates the mountainous landscape and undulating sea edge that surrounds it. The building was finished in 1997. It was designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). According to HOK, the iconic form represents the aspirations of the region.
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunamiEdit
A week later, military engineers opened the airport for disaster relief.
The airport served as a transit location for airlifted supplies, including 2 million tons of such items as blankets, water, and food.
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