Life in Fukushima
Early August, 2017
Summer has come
Here are pictures of rice fields and a few corn stalks,all growing very well.
Fukushima is also famous for delicious peaches.
The fresh, juicy peaches shown are from Tsukidate town.
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.
On some fine day
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.
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.
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 has been improving.
What is your image of Fukushima?
Some people may imagine Fukushima negatively because of our 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
Here, we would like to introduce daily scenes of Fukushima six years since the disaster.
Please enjoy these various dimensions of present-day Fukushima.
A bigger image can be seen by clicking on any photo.
Welcome to Fukishima
Kibitan, Fukushima Prefecture’s mascot since 1995, welcomes you to various places.
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.
In Aizu, there is a castle called Aizu-jo, and the contrast of the castle and cherry blossoms is fantastic.
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).
Here are some foods you can enjoy here.