The last day of a cattle farm family in Iitate

A photojournalist Masaya Noda documents a small family-operated dairy farm in Iitate Village, Fukushima. The report is titled “Iitate Village: The Day Cows Were Gone from Takahashi Family”.

You can see how it was like to live in a place like Iitate, but everything has changed after 3/11.

The photojournlist described the family’s house as such that Totoro, a character from Hayao Miyazaki’s animation, might be hiding somewhere.

Although one of Takahashi family’s sons even went to Switzerland to study dairy farming for two years, they had no intention to make their farm bigger. They just wanted to operate it like old days, but even their simple dream was destroyed.

Iitate became one of the most contaminated areas outside the 20-kilometer-evacuation-zone from the Fukushma Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The Japanese government’s belated planned evacuation for Iitate started, and all the cattle in the village were taken away.

At the end of the article, one of Takahashi sons says, “The boom by the nuclear power plant made everything finished. Suddenly, we became HIBAKUSHA. I cannot trust anything. Can’t we go back to those days (like we used to live)?”

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This report is published by Online PDF Magazine fotogazet.