Mass Hysteria…………………..No, thank you. All the facts are needed before panicking.

This post (and the headline) above is in reference to the mutated flower photos that went viral a few years ago.

I’ve just listen to one of Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcasts–it’s about mass hysteria. So as I finish my year-long “Flowers in Fukushima City” project, I want to say that we must not look at one photo on the internet, jump to (often faulty) conclusions, and freak the heck out.

As you have seen in my posts during the past twelve days, Fukushima City is NOT a place of mutated flowers and butterflies.  (I repeat: During the past year, I looked for mutated flowers and NEVER saw a single one.)

The flowers in and around Fukushima City appear normal, as shown in the photo I took about a week ago (in September of 2018.)


What’s interesting is that around 2015, my husband was shucking an ear of corn. He discovered that there were “twin” corn cobs…similar to the ones shown in the photo in the following news article, but not nearly as separated.

http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/vinton_newspapers/features/twin-corn-ear/article_98819da4-b04a-11e8-bc42-8bcca433ad62.html

Was a the corn a Fukushima mutant? NO! Absolutely not. How do I know this?

I know this because the corn was grown in Hokkaido, and shipped to us here at our home. (It’s common in Japan to ship fruits and vegetables around the country like this. Japan is a country of foodies.) Hokkaido is far north of the power plant and the corn was unlikely affected by radiation from the meltdowns.

This brochure is from that company in Hokkaido. It’s gourmet!

So what do I personally think happened? Well, gosh, I don’t know. My mom’s an identical twin. So maybe what happened to her (and her sister) is exactly what happened to that corn.

Or maybe…the twinned corn is a result of super farming? Breeding corn to produce superior (high yielding) strains of corn to feed more people? I don’t know, but the corn my husband found resembled the corn on the far right in the photo of the following news article:

https://modernfarmer.com/2016/05/new-stem-cell-corn-yield/


So what I am saying is this. Don’t give in to irrational thinking. If it’s a field you are not personally an expert in (Hey, any floriculturists out there?), then realize there may be different possiblities as to why a flower looks different. It may not be (or it may) be due to radiation.

Don’t give in to mass hysteria. Let’s use our brains, that’s why we have them.

Flowers Year Round in Fukushima City–AUGUST 2018

From August of 2018. I was visiting my parents in the United States in the beginning of August, and when I came back I visited my husband’s parents in Yamagata Prefecture. So these photos are from the very end of August.

There! That’s flowers for an entire year in and around Fukushima City! And I’m still noticing them…. It’s now September and so many pretty flowers. 🙂

 

 

Flowers Year Round in Fukushima City–JUNE 2018

June—as expected, lots of flowers. Above photo is at the foot of Mt. Shinobu in Fukushima City. I took it at a small park.

Hydrangeas in the background. There are a lot of hydrangeas here in June. The weather—warm and rainy–seems perfect for them.

A train line…. It’s not a JR line. It’s a local Fukushima line.

(JR=Japan Railways)

Once more at the foot of Mt. Shinobu. In fact, I think it may be the same exact bush! LOL But a different day.

Flowers Year Round in Fukushima City–MAY 2018

There are a lot of photos in this post because once spring arrived, I kept seeing flowers everywhere.

This is Paseo Dori Street, near my house. I love this curved cobblestone street. It’s so cute. Unfortunately, some of the cobblestones have been torn up and paved over with regular cement for construction (of water pipes, I presume.) I guess it is too expensive to replace the cobblestones. 😦

Okay, these flowers are similar to the ones that went viral several years ago. (The ones that were deformed.) So I was looking super carefully for deformed flowers. I could NOT find any. No deformities in all the daisies I looked at, including those not in the photos.

 

The blooms on the tree in the above photo are so interesting. This is Shinhama Park.

Flowers Year Round in Fukushima City–MARCH 2018

The flowers don’t start to bloom in Fukushima City until March, really. The first to bloom is the plum blossom. I was watching it in mid and late February and it began to bud (very slowly)  but didn’t look picture-worthy until March:

Then later in the month:

beginnings of cherry blossoms (buds)

The above three photos are from Shinhama Park.

Magnolias…I think. I might be wrong.