Fukushima prides is strong in affected areas

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Uncanny Terrain: Ohashi owns a successful baked goods company in Fukushima City. He has used grains from organic farmers in Fukushima Prefecture, but now he may have to look elsewhere. Even if the grains are uncontaminated, the stigma against Fukushima produce would likely hurt sales. Ohashi’s health is frail but he has no intention to leave despite typical background radiation here of 1 microsievert/hour. He says the disaster has strengthened local pride, and people here are learning to living with radiation.

A pair of comedians bartend at the Showtime bar in Fukushima City. I sat down with my camera gear and they kept calling me Michael Moore (pronounced mo-ah).
The edge of the evacuation zone in Iitatemura.

Sugiuchi was banned from selling his crops due to high contamination levels found near his farm in Haramachi. Now he’s researching soil remediation.

Mrs. Sugiuchi watches one of their greenhouses in Haramachi being tested for radiation.

.7 millirems (7 microsieverts) per hour on the highway in Iitatemura.

4.1 millirems/hour (14,350 counts per minute or 41 microsieverts/hour) on a mountain road in Iitatemura. The town is mostly abandoned but on Sunday there were some people around. They apparently came back to check on their property.塙町から運転すること2時間。30キロ圏内が通行止めのため、どうしても山をまわり、30キロ圏内をまわらないと太平洋海岸沿いの原町へゆけない。また、原町へ行くのに、飯舘村、川俣と放射線量がとても高い場所を通り抜けねばならない。飯舘村へ近づくともちろんガイガーカウンターの数値がぐんぐん上がるが、緑の美しさと、村の豊かな自然に目を奪われる。同時に気味が悪いほど人気がない。同時に見受けられる猿や、狐などの動物。田んぼも作付けはしていない。同伴の吉田広明さんはいう「秋には草が伸びきって、来年は道も通れなくなるな」廃村という言葉がちらつくが、それでも人の気配がどこかで感じられる本当に美しい村。