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Flowers unexpectedly bloom at Fukushima school closed by virus

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It just shows how much damage humans are doing to the environment.

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life finds a way

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Nature having a time to recover. Animals enjoying new freedoms like badgers and otters having nighttime eating parties without fearing the intrusion of humans.

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@Mirai HayashiToday  04:09 pm JST

It just shows how much damage humans are doing to the environment.

I’d hardly class kids constantly trampling on a school playing field as “damage” to the environment”. But the green police will hang me out to dry for this. It’s a lovely pic let’s leave it at that.

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This picture is lovely because there are no people. A sight you can enjoy only through pictures if you live in Tokyo.

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Um, school or local Education Committee should think entrepreneurially-

Interesting to think of all the seeds and stuff you high actually make it to and can thrive in those dust bowl school sports grounds

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I’d hardly class kids constantly trampling on a school playing field as “damage” to the environment”. But the green police will hang me out to dry for this. It’s a lovely pic let’s leave it at that.

Kudos! I ain't a "green cop" by any means! I would hope they leave it be and let the kids see it too! (Before they "destroy" it! lol!)

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Kudos! I ain't a "green cop" by any means! I would hope they leave it be and let the kids see it too! (Before they "destroy" it! lol!)

Well said, Yubaru. It is already so beautiful in picture and it would be amazing if you can see it in person. Unlike the annual blossom of Sakura this is like a once in a life time event! Let the kids experience it.

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Much nicer than the dust-generating bare earth they refer to as sports grounds. Has nobody ever stopped to consider planting grass?

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Careful - the authorities will bring in a grass mower to cut them all down - to discourage people from oming to view this wonderful sight - and thereby infringing lock doen.

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I heard the reason the school sports grounds are kept as dustbowls is because the public schools don't have the extra funds for grass maintenance (mowing, watering etc.). Poor kids.

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@yoshisan88 and you say it really good yourself. Also, it’s nice that during these times, and considering the fact that it is in Fukushima, that something like this can come up. It’s kind of like that saying, “every cloud has a silver lining”, if you will.

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According to the school, the flowers, along with weeds that have also taken hold in the yard, will be removed before the school reopens.

….what the...……...how on earth can they prefer hard dusty DIRT to something GREEN underfoot....depressing!

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We have a grass field at the school I work at. So much nicer than the dust bowls at other schools, but yes, it does require lots of maintenance like mowing and replanting grass around the worn down areas around the soccer posts.

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... and now they'll mow it down to prevent formation of sightseer crowds.

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I love how nature is showing us who's boss, from jelly fish seen in Venetian canals for the first time, to deer and other animals taking back a bit of land, to this rather beautiful carpet of flowers. Heck, even the virus is telling us we cannot keep doing what we have been doing and not expect things like this to happen, and it doesn't negotiate, doesn't care, and will not put the economy first. And nature is easily winning.

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Last time I went there, I checked radiation levels. It is better that flowers live there and not children

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In spite of the difficulties, the flowers look nice . . . .

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Unexpectedly?

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This picture is lovely because there are no people. A sight you can enjoy only through pictures if you live in Tokyo.

Not anymore. Yes, people still wander about in the city. But there are many empty spots that usually crawl with people like a river of ants. When I rode the NEX through Tokyo Station a month ago, there was not one person on the platform. I was the only person to disembark from the 12-car train at Terminal 1. A very weird experience.

As annoying as they can be (especially if you want only yourself in an Instagramable shot), don't forget that "no people" removes a great deal of vibrant energy and soul out of a place.

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but yes, it does require lots of maintenance like mowing and replanting grass around the worn down areas around the soccer posts.

The sandy 'Kotei' grounds also require immense maintenance, no? Constant raking and weeding, and in summer they are are an absolute furnace. I've seen schools switch to grass grounds and they look so much more pleasant.

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