Recovering Miyakoji District and Okuma Town, Aug. 7, 2015 (都路地区、大熊町を訪ねて 2015年8月7日)

Today I visited Miyakoji District of Tamura City and Okuma Town. Both of them have once suffered as evacuation zone, however, they are recovering steadily.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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On the way to Okuma Town along the National Route 288 (Miyakoji Highway), there spreads Miyakoji District of Tamura City. This district was ordered evacuation before, but it was lifted last April (2014).

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Above photo shows a field in Miyakoji District. I could see a beautiful rice field in the back and some vegetables grown in front. I found Egoma plant grown in the foreground which is a specialty of Tamura City. This is now popular across Japan for its extraordinary effect on healthy life. Many farmers here and there grow this plant in the city.

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Above photo shows Mt. Kamakuradake (967m) view from Miyakoji District. This is an iconic mountain in the northern Tamura City.

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Miyakoji District spreads nearly 20km along the 288 route and after that I finally arrived at the entrance to Okuma Town as shown above. Okuma Town has Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at the eastern Pacific shore. And all the area of the town is still under evacuation. However, this western part adjacent to Miyakoji District is "Evacuation order release preparation area" and anyone can enter the area without special permission.

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Above photo shows the beautiful green woods in Okuma Town along the National Route 288. I met many trucks and workers for recovery efforts.
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