Fukushima Okuma-cho The first Bon after the evacuation order was canceled Sales of flowers at the reopened store August 13th 13:10
In Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture, where the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is located, some evacuation instructions were canceled due to the nuclear accident, and the first Bon Festival was held. Residents are buying flowers for the graves at shops that have reopened in town.
In Okuma, the evacuation instructions due to the nuclear accident were lifted in April, about 40% of the area of the town. Last month, a local store that resumed operations at a temporary store began selling flowers for visitors to the Bon Tomb on the 13th.
On the 13th, people who came back to the local area in the morning visited the store and bought a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemum, blue gentian, and bright pink and purple asters.
Flowers were purchased from Reiko Hachisuka who had been operating a flower shop in the town until the nuclear accident occurred. Mr. Hachisuka said, “Every year I remember that Obon was busy from the morning. I want people to know that I can buy flowers locally.”
A man from Okuma Town who lives in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, who bought flowers, said, “I go back to town every season. I didn't expect to buy flowers locally.”
This store is usually closed on Wednesdays, but is open on the 14th of Obon.