The evacuation order was lifted in spring 2017 for Iitate Village, Tomioka Town, and Namie Town. Even though the order is no longer in effect, many people are hesitant to return. Yet in each of these towns, nature continues to be beautiful, promising hope and renewal.
Flowers still bloom.
This song “Hana wa Saku,” or “Flowers Will Bloom” is considered the recovery support song for the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is a moving song of sorrow and hope.