I recently learned about the incredible personal dedication and sacrifice one man is making in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown. Mr Matsumura is the last man standing in the “forbidden zone” of Tomioka – refusing to leave so he can stay and care for as many animals as he can. So many creatures have died since being left behind by those who had to evacuate… some have become sick from radiation, others were never let out of their pens so they starved to death, others (pet dogs) have been caught in Wild Pig traps… the list goes on and this solitary man is putting his life at risk to stay behind and care for whoever he can. I am in total awe of his commitment and selflessness – so I had to share his story with you. Below are a few photos depicting the scene he is dealing with, there are many more photos and the full story can be read here: The Buddha of Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay.
Money is now being raised to help Mr Matsumura to continue with his animal rescue project, and is now being supported by veterinarians and other concerned citizens. The following is a quote from his fundraising page:
Recently inspired and energized by a moving presentation in San Francisco by Dr. Imamoto, (Japanese Veterinarian who has worked inside the exclusion zones), I am continuing to ask for your help. “Coffee money” donations have added up, and others have dug even deeper into their pockets. The animals in Tomioka have a “guardian” – Mr. Matsumura. Our contributions will go directly to him for those who have no voice to ask – the dogs, cats, and livestock of this devastated area. Will you help?
Please consider making a contribution to the fundraising efforts.. you can find all the information and links here: http://nancicaron.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/0ad8c4c959314a80
Also, a local (West Australian) Buddhist Priest – Cate Kodo Juno, will be creating some specially made protection amulets for pets to help raise money. These amulets are little collar tags for dogs and cats that are engraved with protection signs and ritually blessed in Wabi’an by her. The tags will cost $20 and I will post some photos as soon as they become available. If you would like to order one (or more) .. please fill in the form below: