A babushka at the market shouts: “Chernobyl apples! Get your Chernobyl apples!”
“Don’t say that they’re Chernobyl apples,” says a passerby. “No one will buy them.”
“Sure, people buy them,” says the babushka, “for their husband, their wife, their mother-in-law.”
~~~~”The Wormwood Forest”
While I was in America, I read the book “The Wormwood Forest” by Mary Mycio. I was interested in it because it is about the radiation aftermath of Chernobyl, thirty years later. Since Fukushima is similar, I wanted to read it to glean information about Fukushima.
So if you interested in this sort of thing, I recommend it. It is a good book.
Immediately after the 3-11 disaster, everyone in Fukushima (actually, everyone in Japan, but I think especially in Fukushima and its surroundings) got an introductory course in Nuclear Radiation 101. Yay, us. It’s something that will haunt us forever.
I never really wanted to write a blog related to nuclear meltdown and radiation, and so on. To tell the truth, nuclear meltdown is not something I was ever really interested in. Nuclear meltdown is something I never expected in a million years to happen to me. I thought of worst case scenarios every so often, but nuclear meltdown was not among those imaginary scenarios. Yet, it happened, and it was a huge shock to all of us.
I am a representative of the people of Fukushima because I am definitely a Fukushimer. I may not be Japanese, but I have earned my black belt in the way of Fukushima. Everybody living here feels the brotherhood and sisterhood of the “Fukushima Spirit.” I heard Obama mention the Aloha Spirit in his speech the other day when speaking of Hawaii, and I thought “Yeah, we have something similar here! The Fukushima Spirit.” We are bonded together because we have gone through something horrible together.
People who are outside of Fukushima and have no connection aren’t aware of this Fukushima Spirit, but I think it is something those of us in the prefecture feel strongly. I often feel that people outside the prefecture don’t want anything to do with Fukushima, but we Fukushimers can’t do the same. Whether we like it or not, we live here and this is our home.
Before the disaster, I didn’t mention on the internet that I was from Fukushima because it was irrelevant. Nobody had heard of Fukushima and nobody cared about it. (I once tried to say that I live in Fukushima on Babycenter, but Babycenter would not let me type the word “Fukushima” because the computer deemed it a swear word due to its resemblance to another word. So I gave up and just said I live in Japan. LOL) And after March 11, I was pretty low key about being from Fukushima. Right after the earthquake, there was a horrible feeling of “Ohmygod! Fukushima!!!!”, a feeling that still persists.
But anyway, living here in Fukushima, nowadays I try to blog about a bit about Fukushima, although I don’t think of this as a “Fukushima” site, more of a general “Mom in Japan” site.
I wish there were more blogs out there, especially written by people actually in Fukushima (or nearby).
Here are some Fukushima related blogs you might be interested in.
http://ganbarufukushima.blog.fc2.com/ Mostly japanese, but you can look at the photos.
http://fukushima-diary.com/ in English by a Japanese man
http://annekaneko.blogspot.jp/ This is by a woman in Koriyama (a major city in Fukushima Prefecture). It is old and no longer active, but excellent.
http://fuckyeahfukushima.tumblr.com/ Lovely Fukushima photography by a person named Grae who lives here.
https://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/sophy-banks/2014-12/fukushima-living-aftermath-disaster This is a “one time only” post from somebody who just visits for a very short time.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/03/13/fukushima_nuclear_power_plant_meltdown_leaves_citizens_with_residual_fear.html not a blog post, rather a news article. I think it expresses very well the fear people have of all things “Fukushima”.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/08/national/wanted-blogger-to-tout-the-charms-of-fukushima/#.Veo-DmwViUk Not a blog, but darn it, why don’t I read the Japan Times more closely. This is a paid position for a job as a blogger about Fukushima! I missed this in March. Hey, people, Fukushima is CHARMING.
(Although I don’t get any money for blogging about Fukushima, and would not want to be in a position where I have to say a certain thing to please my employer. I am my own boss 🙂 So I would not have taken that blogging job anyway.)
The following blogs are all JET members (past and present) who either live in Fukushima now or lived here in the past.
Thank you everybody for sharing your blogs! I enjoyed looking at them.
If you know of any good Tohoku related blogs, please leave the links in the comments. They don’t have to be Fukushima related.