I visited Botan Park (Peony Garden) of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu which is a Shinto shrine 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.
The shrine was originally founded in Zaimokuza in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi to be dedicated to Hachiman, the guardian deity of the Genji (Minamoto) clan. In 1180, the descendant Minamoto Yoritomo moved the shrine to its present site. In 1191, he set the shrine as the center of the Kamakura Shogunate (Government of Kamakura), and also modeled it into the present arrangement-the Jogu shrine on the top of the stone steps and the Wakamiya Shrine at the bottom of it. You can enjoy not only these majestic buildings but also amazingly beautiful peonies at the shrine garden. The poenies in the shrine garden are at their best from January to March (Winter peony) and from April to May (Spring peony).
Generally speaking, plant's growth is so fast than human beings that they are more sensitive to radioactive materials of the environment than us. So I visited Botan Park of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu to see effects of the accident against creatures which are grown up by Japanese food and water. Fortunately, I could see them grown up safely and I couldn't find any impact of the accident. It seems that there is no problem for childbirth and child-rearing in Kanagawa Japan.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on February 11, 2014.