Taking a stroll….or a bike ride…….Spring is here, so let’s get moving!


This is a vegetable shop.  The kanji is tricky here, but pretty easy to remember because it is so bizarre:  八百屋 yaoya “Vegetable Shop”  The kanji is literally:  Eight Hundred Shop.  Yes.  Bizarre.

This particular shop is not right next to my home, so I don’t shop here.  But it looks nice, doesn’t it?



You can read what prefecture the merchandise hails from, IF you can read the kanji.  The apples are from Fukushima Prefecture.  See the kanji in the left corner?

I don’t like to hear people say, “I don’t buy food from Fukushima Pefecture.”   Cuz I hear it all the time and I always think, “You have it tough.” (sarcasm)

The food gets tested for radiation.  One of my Japanese teachers is a local farmer, and she explained it to me.  They have to meet requirements.  Which, according to this NPR  article, they do.   And this Forbes article.  Fruit and vegetables are at safe levels.

Prior to the earthquake Fukushima fruits and vegetables were famous all over Japan as delicious and high quality.  Now they are infamous.  And the reason they are now infamous is so that people in TOKYO could get their electricity.  (The nuclear power plant supplied electricity to Tokyo.)


Okay, this is cool.  What is it?  I have no idea.

(I think it is some sort of craft place because kenchiku is “to build” and bankin is “sheet metal” but when I look through the window, I still don’t know what it is.)


This says, “zenbu 100 yen” ぜんぶ=all


However, the going rate is currently 110 yen!


I want to go here!  It is so cute.


Cute pub


Cute doggy and kitty clothing store


Cute breakfast.  Oh, wait never mind.

That’s rice ball, sea weed, sweet potato, sausage and fruit.  YUM!

MT. SHINOBU HANAMI!  In good ole downtown Fukushima City.  The trees are in full bloom.








We went very early in the morning, so almost nobody was there and we had the place to ourselves.  I want to go again today though!  The weather is forecast to be great, and the trees are still blooming, and I want to enjoy the carnival “Hanami” atmosphere.

ETA:  Well, we are back from our Sunday afternoon afternoon to Shinobuyama.  It was hot, crowded, and fun.  But I wanted to say that while we were there we ran into my neighbor who is a physics professor, radiation specialist and all around nice guy.  And I talked to his Scottish colleague about Fukushima food.  He said that any Fukushima food that one buys from the supermarket is totally safe.  There are limits, and the food is below those limits.  It corresponds to everything I hear.  Fukushima food (from the supermarket–I’m not referring to food growing in the wild) is safe.