Radioactive dead bird

A Photojournalist Takashi Morizumi posted a couple of radioautographs of a dead Japanese Bush Warbler Narcissus Flycatcher found in Iitate, Fukushima on his blog.

The black spots on the radioautographs indicate cesium 137. Duration of exposure is a month.

See pictures on his blog post:

The bird is actually Narcissus Flycatcher which is very similar to Japanese Bush Warbler. It’s been corrected by Mr. Morizumi.

[REAL news] Japan Plays Down Fukushima as Questions About Nuclear Energy Remain

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March 11th, 2012

Music video based on Iitate’s experience

This song called “Nuchi Yui” was written by a Japanese singer Tokiko Kato when she had a concert in Iitate, Fukushima on May 25th, 2011. As the readers of this blog have already known, Iitate is one of the most contaminated municipalities due to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. So, all the residents had to evacuate.

Photos featured in the video are from Takashi Morizumi’s latest photo-book, “Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the Downwind Village”.

Report from Iitate – June 26th

A photojournalist Takashi Morizumi posted photos from Iitate, Fukushima on his blog:

Swings in a Kindergarten
The photographer said that it reminded him of a amusement park in Prypiat near Chernobyl.

A Patrol Team
The Village of Iitate has organized a “patrol team” to prevent thefts and other crimes. The village has created 290 jobs with this program until March 31st next year. However, a village councilor Hachiro Sato said, “There were some participants who joined the patrol team because they wanted to protect their village, but not all of them. There were a lot of people told me that they don’t want to do the job like this. They have already evacuated, and there is no other place to work. They have to work because they don’t have money. It created jobs for 290 people, but the residents would get exposed to radiation instead.”

As if there were nothing happened, a swallow feeds its kids in their nest.
June 22nd, 2011

A Frog Eggs
The photographer said that there were many tadpoles swimming in the pond. The radiation level around the pond was about 8 microsievert per hour. He also mentioned that it was one of the areas in Iitate that measured high radiation.

Fukushima quick radiation report by photojournalist

June 23rd, 2011

A photojournalist Munesuke Yamamoto went to Fukushima with his new Ukrainian-made Geiger counter today. From his tweets, he measured radiation in Kawamata Town, Iitate, and Tsushima in Namie Town. Later, he got together with his fellow photojournalist Takashi Morizumi, and they had similar measurement. Then they ran into a group of the prefectural officials measuring radiation. They too got the similar number.

At a vantage point in Tsushima, Namie, he recorded 27 microsievert at one meter high from the ground.

Mr. Yamamoto posted the follow-up on Twitter. He said that extremely high radiation was detected in a mountain pass in Tsushima, Namie. There were few houses, and the people had already evacuated. After the rain, the radiation level of the ground surface, covered with pine flowers and leaves, exceeded 80 microsievert.

Report from Iitate: the Farewell

A photojournalist Takashi Morizumi documents the last days of Iitate cattle farmers in the village. On May 28th, 12 families got together and held a goodbye party. Click the links below to see the pictures.

Mr. Shiga, his wife, and their cat in their dairy.
Their cows were gone. The couple moved to an apartment for evacuation, but they couldn’t take their cat because the pets were not allowed. They had lost their cows and had to leave their cat as well because of the nuclear power plant disaster. ”Such an unjust thing must not be tolerated,” writes the photographer.

The photojournalist took the cat to Tokyo, and fortunately, a new foster parent was found. She came from Hokkaido to Tokyo to receive the cat. Mr. Morizumi said in his blog that he will report the cat’s new life in Hokkaido.

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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