I visited Meiji jingu, Meiji jingu inner garden(Gyoen) and Yoyogi Park in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 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.
Meiji jingu, which is shinto shrine, was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager. A forest covers the area of the shrine to the city. The one hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country at the time of the shrine's establishment create this forest of the people.
The Meiji jingu inner garden or Gyoen is a public garden adjacent to Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. The garden was once part of the suburban residences of Katō Kiyomasa and later the Ii clan during the Edo period. During the Meiji period, the garden came under the supervision of the Imperial Household Agency and named Yoyogi Gyoen (Yoyogi Imperial Garden) and was frequently visited by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. The garden contains a tea house, an arbour, a fishing stand and an iris garden. It has an area of 83,000 square meters and is open to the public throughout the year.
Yoyogi Park is the fifth largest urban park in the 23 wards of Tokyo. It is a vast park of greenery next to Meiji Jingu Shrine. It is a nice place to sit or take a stroll when you get tired of shopping and want to relax. There are many people in the park cycling, dancing, skateboarding and having a good time. Take in the air and the shining sun of Mother Nature!
They are so vast that various creatures are living there.
Of cause, they are famous for bird watching place too.
Generally speaking, animal's growths are so fast than human beings that they are more sensitive to radioactive materials of the environment than us.
So I visited there 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 Tokyo, Japan.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on May 23, 2014.