I visited Kamakura’s Hasedera Temple 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.
Kamakura’s Hasedera Temple is an old temple dating back to before the Kamakura period. The main attraction is the Juichimen Kannon, a bodhisattva with 11 faces which stands at 9.18 meters and is one of the tallest wooden statues in Japan. From the scenic viewpoint you can see the beach of Yuigahama and the town of Kamakura. The Houmotsukan Museum is also home to important cultural properties such as the temple bell and Buddhist votive figures. There is Japanese Garden which is full of flowers too. The best times of year to visit this temple are in spring, because at this time of year the Ume blossoms are in bloom. Now, we can see various creatures living there too.
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 Kamakura’s Hasedera Temple 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 March 11, 2014.