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Fukushima University Exchange Students ~Our Fukushima~

Our Fukushima

After going to see the state in which the nuclear power plants are right now and learning more about everything that happened, we met a really nice lady who greeted us with cookies and a warm smile. She told us all about the stories of hundreds of high school students who are working together as we speak to make their dreams come true. Their story started with the wish of one high school who wanted to plant sakura trees down route 6 in order to attract more people and businesses to come to the area, and open more work opportunities for residents. She was a girl full of life and an inspiration for everyone. Unfortunately, she lost her life when the tsunami swept her house away. In her memory everyone decided to continue her project to honor her legacy.

Our Fukushima

We climbed a 7m high seawall to reach the beach that is right across the street from Ukedo Elementary School.

The sea wall is there to protect the coastal area from another tsunami related disaster. Behind it, many trees are being planted to further stop the waves.

Even though the beach is only about 4km away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Powerplant and you can see the towers of it in the distance, the radiation we measured at the beach was lower than it is in Tokyo, or most other major cities around the world.

Our Fukushima

After going to see the state in which the nuclear power plants are right now and learning more about everything that happened, we met a really nice lady who greeted us with cookies and a warm smile. She told us all about the stories of hundreds of high school students who are working together as we speak to make their dreams come true. Their story started with the wish of one high school who wanted to plant sakura trees down route 6 in order to attract more people and businesses to come to the area, and open more work opportunities for residents. She was a girl full of life and an inspiration for everyone. Unfortunately, she lost her life when the tsunami swept her house away. In her memory everyone decided to continue her project to honor her legacy.
The project is called ふくしま浜街道·桜プロジェクト (Fukushima Hama Kaido Sakura Project) and they plan on planting tens of thousands of sakura trees down the route 6. The same road will play an important role in the Olympic Torch Relay this year, in March 2020!
Putting on orange jackets and grabbing big scissors, we helped out a little bit, by cutting weeds and making space for the trees to grow enough and be ready for the big event in August. Still, they need our help! On the trees, there were messages of encouragement from donors who helped with this project! You too can buy your own tree and you can have your own personalised message displayed on one of the trees. If you are interested in this cause and you want to help, more information can be found on this site:

http://www.happyroad.info/

For just a small donation, your message of support can reach the hearts of people living here and give them hope that the area can be revitalized once again.

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