Merry Christmas!!!


My mom’s Christmas trees!!!!!!

No, I am not in the United States. I am in Fukushima City. So what’s the news here?

Two tidbits:

This is a news article about what is being considered to be done with irradiated water:

Irradiated water is still accumulating, says the article. What to do? What to do?

The Ministry of Magic’s Delores Umbridge has determined the best thing to do is to whisk a wand over the water and drink it like soup. Cornelius Fudge, however, thinks it would be best to raise tadpoles in the irradiated water and see what happens. Perhaps some very exciting results.

One thing is for sure. It’s not a laughing matter.

The second news article:

Thursday, December 26, 2019, the Emperor and Empress of Japan will visit both Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture. Their reason for coming to Tohoku is to visit two areas that were hard-hit (and still suffering) due to a terrible typhoon that struck in October (2019) in Japan, and to give support to the people of those areas.

And now one of my favorite dogs, Chako. She is super duper sweet.

Recovery Olympics?

Article about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:


If you can’t read it, it’s about how parts of Fukushima Prefecture have not recovered yet from the triple tragedy of 2011, but the Olympics are being held in Japan in summer of 2020. Furthermore, some people still can’t return to their homes in Fukushima.

The article focusses on the extremely hard-hit town of Futaba.

My own personal opinion: It’s hard for me to get excited about the upcoming Olympics. I see it as basically a party for Tokyo, yet life is still hard for many in Tohoku due to the triple disaster.

Neighborhood Borzoi

We moved from Chiba Prefecture to Fukushima Prefecture in 2006. At that time, my son was small, so I often took him to Shinhama Park. Lots of people walk their dogs in that park. One man had a dog named Nikko that was just gorgeous. She was a Borzoi.

Well, Nikko passed away last year. Yesterday I was on my way home from shopping and saw that man out again. He told me he had gotten a new Borzoi, a female named Marie. (“Like Marie Antoinette,” he said.)

She’s beautiful!

She’s still a puppy, he told me.

Like Nikko, Marie seemed a little skittish around me (a stranger.) She reminded me of a slightly highly-strung colt!!

Most people in Fukushima City have similar sorts of breeds of dogs—Miniature Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Poodles, Shiba, mixed-breeds……..

I don’t notice a lot of large dogs. Some, but not a whole lot.

The most unusual breeds I’ve ever seen were this Borzoi and once a woman had two Afghan Hounds.

Dogs are really and truly treated like children where I live! 🙂

Edano Yukio

Edano = Family Name

Yukio =Given Name

In the days after the quake on March 11, 2011, Edano Yukio was the man I remembered seeing on the news after the quake, giving press conference style reports of what was going on at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Indeed, he is the man everybody in Japan remembers seeing on their TVs.

At that time, he was Japan’s cabinet minister.

I didn’t really know who he was. I just thought of him as the man in blue.

He was famous in the United States, too, I think, because a search reveals him to be among TIME magazine’s 2011 Candidates for Person of the Year.,28804,2058044_2060338_2060035,00.html

Because Edano was the spokesperson on TV after the quake, I will be translating his early newscasts (now on youtube) from March 2011 to find out what Japan was being told/not being told.

Pretty kitties with lovely beauty salon furstyles

At a certain grocery store I occasionally shop at (not often–it’s far to ride my bike there,) there is a hair salon where some little lovelies live.

Little lovely cats!

Cats have an “unfriendly” reputation, but based on my own experience, cats love each other a lot!

We had a Persian cat for many years when I was a child. Then we got a Siamese cat. They became the best of buds.

Judging by their appearance, these cats are likely siblings… a very close relationship, indeed!

I wonder what they think about me.

This little gal has eyes that are two different colors.

Swoon, swoon.

I love cats because they give me inner peace and joy.

When your travels have taken you to Fukushima, but you don’t actually visit Fukushima………

Recently, I was reading a site which reviews books. It’s called Kirkus Reviews. There was a review of a book of essays (non-fiction) in which the author’s “travels have taken her around the world, including Kyoto and Fukushima, Iceland, Mexico, Detroit and New Orleans…” (

The book was too expensive for me to purchase for myself, so I requested the Fukushima Prefectural Library to purchase it. The library did purchase it, and I’ve just read the book.

(The book is called “The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.” It is by Rebecca Solnit.)

It took me a couple of days of reading to reach the essay in which Solnit’s travels supposedly take her to Fukushima. (This essay is titled: The Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: Aftermaths in Japan.)

But Solnit’s travels do NOT take her to Fukushima. (In fairness, she likely went through Fukushima on the bullet train. But no where in the essay does she say she stopped in Fukushima, visited Fukushima or even talked to a Fukushimer.)

Solnit’s travels take her to Iwate.*

And good!!!!!

The coast of Iwate Prefecture was devastated, absolutely devastated, by the March 2011 tsunami.  She visits one of the worst hit areas, though, a town in Iwate where 10% of the population was killed by the tsunami. She talks to survivors from that area. I think it’s wonderful that she visited Iwate. Her visit, and her caring, probably meant so very much to the people that she met.

So, uh, why then does the reviewer at Kirkus say that Solnit’s travels took her to Fukushima?

Obviously, it’s a mistake. And we all make mistakes.

But why was this mistake made?

I can think of a couple reasons:

1.) The reviewer did not actually read the essay well and thus did not notice Solnit did not visit Fukushima.

2.) The review does not realize that Fukushima is separate from Iwate. And that both Fukshima and Iwate are in Tohoku.

…..So this begs the question, why didn’t the Kirkus reviewer write the truth? That is:  Solnit’s travels have taken her around the world, including Kyoto and Iwate, Iceland, Mexico, Detroit and New Orleans….

I don’t know, I’m not the reviewer. Probably it was an honest mistake.

But honest mistakes like these are VERY UNFAIR to the people of Iwate and Miyagi.

Americans often use the term “Fukushima” to refer to…..I’m not sure…….But it is being used WAY TOO LOOSELY.

Using the term “Fukushima” loosely ignores those in other prefectures who were also affected by the quake and its tsunami. (The tsunami did kill people here in Fukushima. And other prefectures, as well. Not only Fukushima Prefecture, not by any means.)

Solnit herself is on the up-and-up. She seems very caring and never claimed to have actually visited Fukushima. She was very supportive of the community she visited in Iwate Prefecture. I applaud her in that.

*Rebecca Solnit also says that while in Japan, she visited, um, I hope I have them all: Sendai (She does not say this, but Sendai City is in the prefecture of Miyagi and is located in Tohoku. Miyagi was also devastated by tsunami.) Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima. (If she visited other places during her stay in Japan, she did not include them in her essay.)



Melted-Down Fuel Removal at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant will commence in 2021, according to new timeline

Yesterday, I was at the library, reading the English newspaper The Japan Times. One of the front page stories was about the new timeline for removal of the melted-down radioactive fuel at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

According to the new timeline, removal will begin in 2021.

I’m sure it will be done by hardy robots. It is not possible for humans to get near the melted-down fuel, due to its high radioactivity.

Three reactors melted down, and the fuel in them totals 800 tons. (Amy’s note: One ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds.)

According to my calculations, 800 tons equals:

160 elephants


3 AN cargo airplanes


800 polar bear


266 pickup trucks


106,666 turkeys

But the 800 tons of fuel is radioactive so make that:

160 extremely deadly elephants


3 extremely deadly AN cargo airplanes


800 extremely deadly polar bears


266 extremely deadly pickup trucks


106,666 extremely deadly turkeys

Anyway, here is the article:


Here is a lovely timeline from the enemy TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company.) TEPCO owns the plant and it is their responsiblity to clean it up.

By the way, I don’t have to worry about TEPCO reading my blog and turning off my home’s electricity as payback for saying mean things about them. I don’t live in the Tokyo area, thus TEPCO doesn’t provide my electricity. Fukushima City is in Tohoku, and we get our electricity from Tohoku’s electricity company.

(numbers for determining what weighs how many tons are from