Human Flower Project
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Fighting Fear with Chrysanthemums
To withstand a national tragedy and endure its frightening aftermath, Nihonmatsu lets custom, light, flowers and festivity take the lead.
Two valiant samurai, made with chrysanthemums
Nihonmatsu Kiku Ningyo, 2010
Photo: Human Flower Project
How do you say it in Japanese? “The show must go on.”
That sentiment prevails this fall in Nihonmatsu, a town only 37 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.
The effects of the March tsunami that flooded the power plant’s reactors, causing a meltdown, have yet to be satisfactorily determined. Enrollment at kindergartens in Fukushima prefecture was much lower this autumn; small children are the most vulnerable to radioactive exposure and presumably many families have moved elsewhere. There will be no more farming in the vicinity of the plant, and national alarm over tainted spinach, tea, milk and other produce from a much wider area continues.