People watching at Ryuoo Ski Park, Nagano
I visited Ryuoo Ski Park, Nagano prefecture to see biological impacts of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant accident. Though I have visited various places in Japan to see the health consequences of the accident, I have never found any effect against creatures in Japan.
Nagano prefecture is famous for ski and snowboard resort. Many people visit there to play snowboard or ski every winter. In spite of the accident, foods and water of Nagano prefecture have no radioactive materials. High mountains of the prefecture and the direction of the wind prevent radioactive materials from Fukushima. So, it is known as clean land which has no contamination at all. (See also Radiation levels of Nagano prefecture )
Ryuoo Ski Park is located in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture, about an hour from Nagano and within easy reach of the Shinshu Nakano IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway. There is an excellent variety of courses at the resort catering for all skill levels, including a selection of ungroomed powder courses. Especially Ryuoo Ski Park is famous for 32 degrees max slope of Kiotoshi A Course and Skyland Area which is 2000 meters above sea level.
So I visited Ryuoo Ski Park, Nagano to do people watching.
Fortunately, I could enjoy snowboard safely and I couldn't find any impact of the accident. It seems that people in Nagano prefecture have no worry about the accidents because they have no biological impacts by the accident. They think that there is no problem for childbirth and child-rearing in Nagano Japan.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on January 21, 2014.
(For advanced skiers and snowboarders)
Start from the side of the top Ropeway station, and start down the 32 degrees max slope - again suitable for advanced skiers and snowboarders...not for the faint-hearted! After a snowfall you should find lots of deep powder on this course.
Go up to the top of the ropeway and a whole new world opens up before you - the Skyland Area. You're now 2000 meters above sea level, and before you start enjoying the powder snow be sure to check out the spectacular views.
About 3 years have passed since Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. I have visited various places of Japan to see the health consequence of the accident.