Nuclear Cows

Tales from the Ranch of Hope Fukushima

 

After the tsunami came the nuclear meltdown. Fukushima 1 spewed its contaminated guts across the pristine mountains, fertile plains and sleepy towns. The people evacuated; the livestock left to starve in their pens. The government called for a cull. Yoshizawa defied them. He promised his beloved herd a dignified life. Thus, the kamikaze rancher was born from duty, in despair.

Howdy
Stroke
Longing
Ruminate
Witness
Flies Round a Fuel Rod
Radiate
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After the tsunami came the nuclear meltdown. Fukushima 1 spewed its contaminated guts across the pristine mountains, fertile plains and sleepy towns. The people evacuated; the livestock left to starve in their pens. The government called for a cull. Yoshizawa defied them. He promised his beloved herd a dignified life. Thus, the kamikaze rancher was born from duty, in despair.

Bare Bones
Mound
Curl-up Close
Kin, Kith & Cud
Atonement
The Path
Uprooted
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The urge for life moves the cattle on, it moves us all on. But, the desire to rebuild comes at a price. When communities near power stations are still at risk, how can we forget the catastrophic errors of the past. The bright neon lights of Shibuya were powered by the Fukushima reactors, the same reactors that buried this ranch in an invisible, deadly snow. If the story remains untold, the seeds of a safer future will be like cattle corpses buried deep in the frozen, irradiated earth – an impotent, unknown relic.

Rib 'n' Rag
Zeus 5245
Mount
Cross-Fertilize
Uprising
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If you are interested, you can find out more from articles written by locals, here.  Or visit the Ranch of Hope website.