Life

What is your image of Fukushima?

Throughout the ongoing revitalization efforts, Fukushima remains to be a beautiful prefecture full of life. Please enjoy some images of our daily life in Fukushima.

Symbols of Fukushima

Kibitan, and the rabbit, the mascots of Fukushima, welcome you!

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Traditional festivals

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Waraji Matsuri (The Sandal Festival) is the most famous and energetic traditional festival in Fukushima city. This festival was held on August 4 and 5. If you missed it, join us next year to see the largest straw sandal in Japan proudly paraded through the city center.

You can also see the Waraji Odori (Sandal Dance), featuring a large group of colorful dancers dancing to the reggae-inspired tune of “Heisei Waraji Ondo”.
Later in the night the hip-hop styled “Dancing Soda Night” brings a lot of energy to the festivities.

Our daily life

October 2017

1. Trees in the  courtyard of the Fukushima Medical University (FMU) confirm   that autumn is here.

2. The Fukushima Inari Shrine Festival is held annually in October over a 3-day weekend.

Twenty-three large lantern-packed floats wind their way through the
city center towards Inari Shrine.

Looking forward to tasting the new rice crop.

 

August 2017

Here are several pictures of rice fields and corn stalks, growing very well. Fukushima is also famous for delicious peaches. The fresh, juicy peaches shown on our photos are from Tsukidate town.

July 2017

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A water lily reminiscent of Claude Monet’s art blooms vividly in Fukushima and rice planted in May has been growing very well. They await more blessed rain, soon to come.

June 2017

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The left side picture is Mt. Azuma, whose peak is still covered with snow. What a beautiful contrast it is with the dark green forest in the foreground. On the same fine day, farmers were working hard in their fields, wishing for a fruitful harvest in Fukushima.

May 2017

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Rice was planted in May. After harvest, Fukushima rice is screened for radioactivity to keep contaminated products off the market. Since 2015, all rice has passed screening, and the market price for our agricultural products is improving.

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Cherry blossoms are everyone’s passion. Weather reports in the spring include progress of the cherry blossom “front” as it sweeps across Japan.
As Fukushima is located about 200 km north of Tokyo, we enjoy cherry blossoms a little later, usually from early- to mid-April.

In Miharu Town of Fukushima, there is famous Mihara-taki-zakura or Miharu waterfall cherry tree, more than 1000 years old.

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Local Cuisine

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Fukushima is prosperous in the production of fruits, vegetables (including wild mountain vegetables for tempura) and grains such as rice and buckwheat (for soba noodles).