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Cherry blossoms spring smiles in devastation

April 19, 2011

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Even this year, cherry blossom season bloomed in Japan.

The lives of us Japanese have changed completely in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the constant fear of radiation following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. So much so that we forgot the coming of spring.

Cherry blossoms on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato are seen next to fish near a damaged fish-processing plant in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. The fish was likely washed up from the nearby plant.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

I returned to cover the stricken area again at the beginning of April. The huge piles of debris that were visible immediately after the quake and tsunami were slowly being managed. Roads had appeared again and gradually I saw that there was a town.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The town which appeared was still a world of monotone. But light pink flowers, that elicit a feeling of excitement within all Japanese, appeared in the black and white world.

Cherry blossoms grew from trees destroyed by the tsunami little more than one month earlier. Branches that were swept away when cars whistled by were now full of vitality as the cherry blossoms bloomed wonderfully.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The revival of Japan has only just begun. I cannot help but hope that a day will come soon when we will be able to regain our smile in Japan; a smile such as the cherry blossoms bring.

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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That’s the mutated Cherry trees after the radioaction treat.

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Those are the mutated Cherry trees after the radioaction treat.

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Those are the mutating Cherry trees after the radioaction treat.

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Those are the mutating cherry trees after the radiation treat.

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Those are the mutating cherry trees after the nuclear treat.

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Mutating cherry trees?

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Those are muting but grow and blossom.
Please try Japanese flowers on tours and buy it’s products.
You can help Japan.

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