Posts Tagged ‘ Fukushima ’

3-1=1 – KyeongJun Yang

  • On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Prefecture collapsed twice. The Tohoku earthquake, which was the worst recorded in Japan’s history, had caused a 40.5 meters high tsunami and killed approximately 15,000 people. But the tragedy did not end there. The Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, located at the west end of Fukushima, could not withstand the impact brought by the tsunami. Radioactivity began to spread into the air as well as water. On the first day of the accident, the Japanese government ordered evacuation up to 3 kilometers around the power plant, after one month post its radiation leak, the evacuation zone had expanded to 40 kilometers.


    In 2012, the Japanese government began restoring villages except for high-risk areas within 20 kilometers radius of the power plant. Traces of Fukushima’s previous lives were recovered after restorations of collapsed buildings and houses. However, radiation decontamination was progressing slower than the government’s expectation. Even if contaminated soil is scraped off from the surface, it is contaminated once more when runoff waters descend from the mountains when it rains. Complete decontamination is impossible unless every tree is removed from the mountains; however, 70% of Fukushima is comprised of mountains covered by dense woods.


    In 2020, the Japanese government had lifted most of the evacuation orders and had cut off subsidies. Houses that could not be decontaminated were destroyed and new houses were built to prompt residents to return to their respective villages. The actions of broadcasting reduced pollution levels and the footage of Prime Minister Abe eating Fukushima-raised fish did not erase the impact of sheer fear from radiation leak. The slogan for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is, “Let’s Go Forward.” As the world moves on towards the future, Fukushima came to an abrupt stop on March 11.


2. Gogendo, Namie

An abandoned house in Namie. Because Namie is within 20km of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the decontamination of most houses is not possible. Therefore, the residents have not returned since 2011. Gogendo, Namie. 2019.

3-1=1 on KyeongJun Yang

Source: 3-1=1 – KyeongJun Yang

The Trinity Cube


When the world’s first atomic weapon exploded in New Mexico in July 1945, the energy from the blast formed a new mineral called trinitite from the desert sand. For his 2015 Trinity Cube project, artist Trevor Paglen took irradiated glass gathered from the area around where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in 2011 and combined it with trinitite to form a blue cube. He then installed the cube in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone to continue to be irradiated.

The artwork will be viewable by the public when the Exclusion Zone opens again, anytime between 3 and 30,000 years from the present.

Source: The Trinity Cube

Ghost or Not: On Lee Ann Roripaugh’s “tsunami vs. the fukushima 50” – Los Angeles Review of Books


Of her decision to render the tsunami female, Roripaugh, who is poet laureate of South Dakota and editor-in-chief of the South Dakota Review, said, in a recent interview with Frontier Poetry, “nature […] is traditionally read as feminine, or female, and — much like women’s bodies — is a contested space that is endlessly erased, silenced, controlled, legislated, and colonized.”

Source: Ghost or Not: On Lee Ann Roripaugh’s “tsunami vs. the fukushima 50” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Update: Eight Years After Fukushima – NEC

March 2019 Update

A team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on November 27, 2013. The expert team was assessing Japanese efforts to decommission the stricken nuclear power plant.
Photo: Greg Webb / IAEA, CC.

Source: Update:Eight Years After Fukushima – NEC

鈴 / bell – YouTube

Ryuichi Sakamoto: My friend, a very young Japanese artist called Soichiro Mihara, after Fukushima he created a very beautiful piece [Bell, 2013] related to radioactivity. He modified Japanese traditional furinfurin is wind chime in Japanese—but in his piece, the wind chime does not pick up wind but radioactivity. Passing the radioactive particles, it will ring. So I think that’s the best piece after Fukushima.

Ryuichi Sakamoto in The Brooklyn Rail, June 2018

Radioactive Art in Fukushima | “Don’t Follow the Wind” – YouTube

Fukushima: The geo-trauma of a futural wave – Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene

Figure 1. Junji Ito. Horror-Manga image, “the irradiating eye”

Source: Fukushima: The geo-trauma of a futural wave – Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene

“Horizon Over the Sea, Horizon Over the Land” by Koichiro Yamauchi | Versoteque

Horizon Over the Sea, Horizon Over the Land




Hey, poet.  You, mankind.

In this disaster, what did you see?


Did you see the man who lost his family, lost his home, lost his hometown, lost Japan—did you see his fist wiping away his tears?


Did you see the terrifying face of radiation?  The profile?


Did you see the man, his hometown lost, Japan lost, nestling his cheek upon the cow he’s raised, crying.

Shrinking from the once-familiar breeze and earth,

did you stare into the sandbox where no one is playing?

Did you see the walnut tree, which was cut down

because people feared an aftershock would topple it?

Can your poems recover the lost families, homes, hometowns, Japan? Can they comfort the man wiping his tears, his fist wiping them away, his hometown lost to him, Japan lost to him, the man crying and nestling his cheek on his cherished cow? Can they restore the once-familiar breeze and earth? Can they bring back the children to the sandbox?


(continued ) at Versoteque


Ministry shows plan to recycle radioactive soil in Fukushima:The Asahi Shimbun

The Environment Ministry demonstrates an experiment on recycling contaminated soil, shown in black in the center, in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 17. (Masatoshi Toda)

Source: Ministry shows plan to recycle radioactive soil in Fukushima:The Asahi Shimbun

The Lonely Towns of Fukushima – The New York Times


The exclusion zone of Futaba. Most of the town, just four miles from the nuclear plant, may never be reoccupied. CreditKo Sasaki for The New York Times