Original date the post was created: May 4th, 2017
But we're (mostly me) are back now! And ho Ho HO! do I have something truly special! A RAFFL- no. Just kidding. We're not doing a raffle. We have nothing to give right now, but depending on how much traffic our blog gets in the future, we'll think about it. *coughs* On to the actual post!!!
In March/April (and some that's continued into May!), sakura's, also known as cherry blossoms, are blooming! If I'm correct, then the sakura's are still blessing Japan with their mystical beauty.
Two weeks ago, I read an article by Joe, who is a staff writer at Japan Times, on how Tomika, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, had cherry blossoms blooming. This is amazing, since Tomika was a place where the events of March 11th, 2011 really hit.
I refreshed my memory on the happenings of that time on Britannica and in short, there was a huge earthquake, the most powerful one to have hit Japan, which caused multiple tsunami's to appear. Those tsunami's devestated some nuclear power plants in Fukushima which then exploded, causing the residents there to leave because of the toxic chemicals that started to disperse.
But during this sakura season, Tomika has been re-opened to the public, after lots of diligent and hard work to clean up the damage that those events had created. This is, as the post said, is perfect because in Japan, spring represents a time of renewal and new beginnings, which is something that is truly happening in Tomika.
There are still some parts of Tomika that the government has deemed unsafe for visitors, so those locations are blockaded to the public. The areas that are safe, which is a lot from what I could see/read, people are going to see 1) the beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms that Tomika is blessed with and 2) the rebuilding efforts.
If you want to check out the blog post, here is the link:
Tomika: Full Bloom - Japan-Guide
Have a great day, Twisters!!
P.S. Hopefully, we'll stick to the weekly blog posts, but if you don't hear from us for a while, we're probably focusing on finals. For those of you who are also doing finals, good luck!