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What the Fukushima Nuclear Explosion Did to Our Beloved Rose Garden 

Photo Exhibition in Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi

March 7 - April 3, 2015

Organized by Maya Moore & Hisako Matsuda featuring photos from several photographers


As we memorialize the 4th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and meltdown of Fukushima's nuclear plant, it cannot be denied that the general mood in and out of Japan is that of disinterest. For the victims of that tragic day, perhaps the most distressing aspect now is the lack of concern and detachment by the rest of the world. It is of vital importance, to imagine what it must be like to lose family, home, livelihood, and dreams. This photo exhibition of Futaba Rose Garden, located 8 kilometers away from the nuclear plant, gives an entirely unique, current, and personal perspective to the on-going devastation experienced by the residence of Fukushima. The contrast between the magnificent and vibrant roses blooming in their prime, and the haunting images of the present garden is nothing short of shocking. In their silent ways, the roses represent the profound anguish of all the victims of 3.11.


Maya Moore

Former journalist and anchor for NHK, TBS, and PBS stations. Facilitator for the Tohoku Virtual English Class Project between the American School in Japan and elementary schools in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. Author of THE ROSE GARDEN OF FUKUSHIMA depicting the story of Katsuhide Okada and his Futaba Rose Garden. (Available at FCCJ.)


Hisako Matsuda

Photographer and Producer. Graduated from the Photography Dept., Nihon University College of Art. Official photographer for the Japan Kennel Club. Runs private photo studio specializing in portraits and animals. Instructor for the Yokohama Photographers of Roses.

The Exhibitions Committee



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