Uncanny Terrain 2013 Photo Set 2

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Fukushima 2013

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Ishii’s cucumbers

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Ishii used to deliver food to Japanese restaurants in Maryland.  For years he studied EM (effective microogranisms) as a hobby.  Now he grows organic vegetables in Sukagawa, 60 km southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  He believes the EM prevents his crops from absorbing radioactive cesium—they have tested “ND”: no detectible radiation.

Asami’s Tokyo volunteers

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Tokyo volunteers make their annual weekend trip to Kitakata in western Fukushima to help Asami clear debris from the village’s 200-year-old irrigation canal.

Fukushima cherry blossoms

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Sugeno soil test

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Niigata University researchers test the effect of various combinations of soil additives on the absorption of radioactive cesium by Sugeno’s rice.

Saitos spread zeolite

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Father and son Saito powder their rice field with government-mandated zeolite. It’s intended to fix cesium in the soil to reduce absorption by crops, but some question its effectiveness and health impact. Fields across Fukushima are dotted with the white bags, and the white dust is everywhere.

Organic farmer father, nuclear engineer son

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Playing-with-Clouds Farm

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One Year Anniversary Memorial for Higashi Nihon Earthquake

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AQ SIFE presents a One Year Anniversary Memorial for Higashi Nihon Earthquake. Featuring a screening at 5pm of preview footage from Uncanny Terrain, an exhibition of photos from the disaster, and testimonials from relief volunteers. Free. Food and beverages will be served.  Friday, April 20, 4-6 p.m. at Aquinas College Wege Ballroom, 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.