Bus Festival in downtown Fukushima City 2019

This morning I went to Fukushima City’s yearly Bus Festival.

It’s an opportunity to look at different kinds of buses and step inside them to look around.

I took three very short videos:

In the above photo, I’m in an Iwaki bus. (Iwaki City is on the east side of Fukushima Prefecture.)

Amy! Keep your eyes on the road!

We were allowed to flick the little switchies.

If the driver wants the bus to sprout wings and fly over the city, he/she/they will press the Big Red Button.

The Big Red Button is not often used.

It’s an automatic, not a manual transmission.

I asked.

This bus was neato! It’s a mobile library that travels through the rural areas of Fukushima Prefecture so that people who live in the smallest towns can check out books.

This particular bus travels through western Fukushima Prefecture, I was told.

This was my favorite bus of them all.

I spent a lot of time looking at the books in the mobile bus! I do know the books get changed around, and people can make requests.

Which do you like more, busses or books? Booses or Buks? Subs or Koobs?

A Fukushima City local bus. The bus that I see every day in our neighborhood!

Vegetable/Fruit Vending Machine

Yesterday I rode my bicycle over the river to the south part of Fukushima City. I was headed to a coffee shop that also was a bit of an art gallery. I wanted to check it out!

Alas! While this coffee shop was surely charming in its heyday…it has gone out of business.

I found that to be sad.

The building was getting run-down…

…surrounded by lovely–but overgrown–vegetation.

I thought the plant in the photo was especially interesting.

I ended up getting a canned coffee from the vending machines right next to the former coffee shop.

The sign says: Don’t toss your litter on the ground. Keep your town beautiful.

I know that Japanese vending machines are famous in other countries. People have heard about them through the internet.

Yeah, lots of coffee. I chose the red Wonda.

100 yen for a can of coffee is super duper cheap for a vending machine. (Vending machine prices are higher than the prices in a regular grocery store.)

Mountain Dew! I never see that in Japan. Somebody tell my brother he can visit Japan—they’ve got Mountain Dew here, so he’ll be fine.

And now….do y’all know what’s in the photo above?

This is a vending machine that sells vegetables and fruit. (I’ve also seen eggs.)

A flower shop might have a fresh flower vending machine.

You’ll see these sorts of vending machines more out in the rural areas where the farmers live.

A field was next to the vending machines. This is a quiet neighborhood with houses (it’s not the true countryside,) but Japan tucks fields into available spaces. I’m guessing a farmer owns this patch of land and is still farming it.

Me and my coffee

Despite being disappointed that the charming coffee shop had gone out of business, it turned out to be a lovely day.

“Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster”

Recently I read a book called “Fukushima The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.” It details the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that happened in 2011.

When I say “details,” I really mean it! I bought this book a couple years ago at a bookstore in Sendai City, then started reading it. It was very dense and scientific…so I put it down and didn’t come back to it.

Recently, however, I picked it up again. I told myself, “Just read it slowly, Amy. Try not to get bogged down.”

So this time, I made it through the book. It’s a good book (though not most reader-friendly (?)) It’s definitely a book for adults, or for kids who are mature enough to handle the subject matter.

I went to the Fukushima Prefecture Art Museum over the weekend. The exhibit was photography Yanagi Miwa (Yanagi is her family name. Miwa is her given name. This is her website: http://www.yanagimiwa.net/e/  )

One room was filled with large photos of Fukushima peach trees. And so then when I exited the art museum, I bought some peaches from a farmer. I asked about business. She said that it dipped after the quake, but now it’s back again. That’s good.

Fukushima blamed for Russia’s mistakes…..

This weekend I was reading some Japan Times newspapers (ink and paper versions) at our local library here in Fukushima City. I came across an article about the explosion in Russia (August 2019) which evidently released radiation.

Imagine my surprise when I came across this paragraph of the article:

It seems that Russian officials were brushing aside signs that Cesium-137 (a radioactive isotope) had entered patients’ bodies by saying that the Cesium-137 was due to having eaten Fukushima crabs.

According to this article: https://gizmodo.com/russian-health-officials-blame-fukushima-crabs-for-cesi-1837541107 seven people in the area of the Russian explosion have died. Obviously, something is going on. And how dare they blame it on Fukushima!

The previous article says the quote about Fukushima crabs comes from this Russian newspaper: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/08/22/there-s-no-danger-get-to-work

I was looking at Twitter last week and saw a photo of a badly deformed baby with the caption of “Tokyo Olympics Do you want babies like this?”

I live here in Fukushima and I definitely am not seeing any deformities.

The woman  is anti-nuclear–and she posts a photo of a deformed child and links this to the Tokyo Olympics? (And please note that I am ninety-nine percent sure the baby was not even Japanese. It was just a random photo of a baby with a deformed face.) So she’s implying that if you are pregnant during your two week visit in Tokyo to see the Olympics…your baby will be born deformed? None of that adds up, not at all.

Deformities in babies can be caused by lots of things, but Tokyo has a normal amount of radiation and thus that will not affect one’s pregnancy.

If a person wants to be against nuclear energy, that’s fine and good. But please do not start lies or spread lies.