May Japan become Land of Hope and Safety, Mother of the Accidents Free! Public Health Network in Japan tries to see health consequences of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident.
日本は幾多の困難を乗り越えて希望と安全の国になる！ 大震災から復興しつつある日本を紹介します。日本の各地を訪問し、日本の美しい自然と生物、文化、食べ物などを紹介します。日本はとても素敵な国です。このブログはPublic Health Network in Japanの切明義孝が管理しています。
World Heritage watching ; Yakushiji Temple Yakushiji Temple
Originally founded in 680, this temple prospered under the patronage of the imperial court in the 8th century.
Since that time, the temple was to tragically lose all of its buildings to fire, with the exception of its east pagoda.
Restoration work has continued since 1967, and today, visitors can see many buildings reconstructed by using traditional methods and techniques.
Yakushiji Temple was built in the year 680 by the Emperor Tenmu, praying for a cure to the illness of Uno-no-Sararahime-Miko (Empress under Emperor Tenmu, and later the Empress Jito). The temple was originally located in Fujiwara-kyo (the capital city from 694 to 710). In 718, it was moved to its present location in the capital at Nara. Due to numerous fires, including the flames of war, the only building that remains of the temple of that period is the To-to (the eastern pagoda, of the two pagodas situated on the east and west). This pagoda is designated as a National Treasure. The Kon-do (the hall that enshrines the main deity) was restored in 1976. The Sai-to (the western pagoda) was restored in 1981, with the Chu-mon (the gate situated between Nandai-mon and the main buildings) being restored in 1984, and a portion of the corridor being restored in 1991.The To-to pagoda, which has three roofs, is a three-storied pagoda. This pagoda is especially noteworthy for the small roof-like eaves on each story, which make it look like a six-storied pagoda. The Yakushi-sanzon, which is housed in the Kon-do, is a leading Buddhist image of the 7th century. It was greatly admired by Ernest Fenollosa, an American who contributed to the restoration of traditional Japanese fine art in the 19th century.
This hall is not only the largest hall in the temple, that is 41m. wide, 20m. deep, and 17m. high but also in the wooden architecture in this century in Japan. This hall enshrines Maitreya Buddha Triad, ( National important art object, Hakuho Period) who was introduced as a reincarnation of the real person of Buddha.
Japanese foods are good and safe. Because of stricter food safety law by Japanese government, we have no worry about foods.
Warabi-mochi ; bracken-starch dumpling
Ekiben ; A box lunch sold at a railroad station
Tempura ; deep-fried fish and vegetables in a light batter
4 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.
Fortunately I have never found any impacts by the accident among Japanese creatures. As far as I know, nobody has health problem which is caused by the accident in Japan.
Our Prime Minister Abe assures that "The situation is under control. The influence of the contaminated water is completely blocked within Fukushima. There are no health-related problems until now and there will never be health problems." He also said that "Tokyo is 250 kilometers away from Fukushima, and the kind of danger that you imagine does not exist in Tokyo. Tokyo is a very safe city."
As PM Abe said, Nara Prefecture is very far away from Fukushima, people in there have no concern about the nuclear power plant accident. People in there have already forgotten the accident, because they think radioactive materials cannot reach there.
We know there is no problem for childbirth and child rearing in Nara Prefecture. So people in there have no concern about the accident.
I continue to visit various places in Japan to see the effects of the accident, because I can meet various creatures which are more sensitive to radioactive materials from the environment. It is important to see their health for our safety.