The bull is dying, pray at the collapsed grave
The bull is dying, pray at the collapsed grave – the third temporary return to evacuated homes in Fukushima (from Asahi digital news)
The residents in the off-limits area in Fukushima returning home for a short time from the end of January. This is their third such trip. On the 12th, journalists were allowed to go with the residents of Ohkuma-machi.
At 9:45am, the residents were making a long line to receive dosimeters and transceivers.
There are some journalists from overseas. A Russian TV journalist, (34), said that Russians have a high interest in the Fukushima nuclear plant, because of Chernobyl. He wants to ask what the residents think and feel about their future. It will be broadcast on March 11th.
At 10:25am, we arrived in Ohkuma-machi by bus.
Mrs.Takeda asked her husband, “Can I bring the mourning kimono?” As she was teaching Japanese traditional dance, she has many kimonos. But she can’t bring them all. She put the kimono on over the radiation-protective equipment, and then left it.
A man, (36), who evacuated to Yokohama with his family, took toys for his 2 year old son. He is expecting a girl soon. With his children's health in mind, he decided to not to come back his hometown. “Even if they 'decontaminate', who knows what the distant future holds. I can’t take responsibility after I'm dead.”
There is so much dung on the road. The residents tried to avoid it.
Mr.Izumida, (55), who works for the town office, has a cattle shed. A bull was dying there. Last spring, this bull was supposed to be put up for auction. He is shaking, and opens his eyes. Mr.Izumida said this bull will die in a few days. When he returned at last autumn, the bull was not in the shed. Mr.Izumida thinks he came back home at last. He regrets that he couldn’t let the bull live on. Now pets can be taken from the town, but not the domestic animals.
It was beautiful day, but strong wind sometimes. We stayed about 3 hours. The radioactivity level was 20 microsieverts per hour.
On this third trip home, the residents can visit other places, such as graves. Mr.Uesugi, (60), visited the graveyard with his older brother, (64). It was horrible sight. Their parents grave was standing, but the relatives' were broken into fragments. The radioactivity level was 10 microsieverts per hour. It is frightening because the radioactivity can’t be seen.
Mr.Suzuki, who evacuated to Aizu Wakamatsu, visited a grave in another cemetery. The grave had fallen to pieces. He was saddened that he couldn't fix it. It’s getting worse, little by little.
At noon, a visit to Mrs.Watanabe, who was running the liquor shop. The register, liquor, cigarettes, food, and all commodities had been stolen. The house was so damaged it was impossible to even enter.
It was her first time to return home since the disaster. She had never imagined such horrible circumstances. “I should not have come”. She remained dejected, with shoulders dropped.