19 hours ago
I just spent four days in a place I never imagined I would; Fukushima Japan.
Ring any bells? It might. It was the small part of Japan that copped the gnarly radiation leaks after the 9.1 earthquake and tsunami devastated the entire country in 2011 (which tallied 82,783 homes half flogged and 15,435 totally munted in Fukushima alone).
It was pretty unreal being shown their prefecture and being meticulously educated in all the things they’ve done to reduce the radiation levels.
I actually feel pretty deep for this crew of Japanese frothers, the earthquake cost Fukushima JPY 1.2 trillion ($16+ billion in Aussie bucks) in facilities, housing, agriculture etc. On top of their whole economy getting shat out the window, the world deemed this pearler part of Japan nek-level risky and not a vibe to visit + explore because of feared radiation rumours. Understandable, no one wants to jump in a hot spring with two eyes and come out looking like the fish off the Simpsons. It’s been over eight years since the quake, and they’ve removed almost all the radiation and reduced future contamination so much so they now have the same radiation levels as Beijing, Seoul, New York, even Brisbane.
But the real crime is after four days in Japan I still don’t know how to say anything more than konichiwa.
@rediscoverfukushima #rediscoverfukushima #sponsored at Mount Azuma-kofuji