Cherry Blossom 'tunnel' Offers Respite To Fukushima Returnees


Cherry blossom 'tunnel' offers respite to Fukushima returneesCherry blossoms that form a "tunnel" of flowers in the Yonomori district of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, were at their peak for viewing on April 6. Tomioka remains evacuated due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but this day marked the beginning of a limited period during which the government allows residents to visit.
Together with people from nearby municipalities, residents admired their town's display of blossoms. Some 1.9 kilometers of the around 2.2 kilometers of tree-lined road, however, is within high-radiation areas that are off-limits even during the limited visitation period.