Summary: 2017-04-04 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170404.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Room 2-E is Evolving

  • The former AIDS room has been renovated by our volunteers.
  • The interior woodworking is now complete and we are unveiling the new cat walk!
    During construction, Tama-chan kept popping up and peeking around our volunteer S-san.
  • We found a big problem, though! Goma-chan is too fat for part of the tunnel system! Oops!
  • There are plenty of little ones in this room that are still being trained for human contact or have special medical diets so they’ll be happy when their room is newly renovated!
  • All of this is thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Thank you so much!

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Summary: 2017-04-03 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170403.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Miyakoji’s Wandering Mother Dog

  • A mother dog that has evaded rescue and has had multiple litters of puppies gave birth once again, so the time to catch her once and for all has come.
  • It is incredibly difficult because she is a very clever dog, so we cooperated with the local health care center to finally get her into proper care.
  • She is very aware of new objects in her territory, so the rescue cages and food dishes we used must have alerted her to our presence.
  • We’re going to have to come up with a different strategy to capture her.
  • It seems like we will be able to quickly find foster homes for the puppies. Thank you for your assistance!

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Translation: 2017-04-02 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170402.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Evacuation Zone Rescue and Feeding Activities: Namie Town, Miyakojima, Katsurao Village

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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We did activities in the evacuation zones for two days.

This time, our biggest goal was to rescue the remaining three little ones in Namie. On the first day we did feeding and rescue activities in Tomioka Town’s evacuation zone. When the feeding rounds were essentially finished, we planned on setting up feeding stands but we ran out of time, so we have to put it off until next time.

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The snow from the day before was still on the ground. I really wanted to come on the snowy day… we could see footprints then…

In order to check the rescue cages on the second day we set them up only in areas were rescue requests were made. Then we went to Namie Town. We arrived right during snacktime, when cats gather up, so luckily we saw the three cats. But the little one that wouldn’t get inside the dummy cage last time was still just loitering around the cages…

We easily rescued the daughters of the white and brown tabby mom. The dad is still left. During the day there were too many people around, so we were sure he was too on-edge to get in the cage. Sometime in the middle of the night he should be pretty hungry.

When the workers go home the gate closes up, so we persisted until the evening, but at the end we decided to reset the rescue cages and wait until morning.

We came out of Namie Town to Minamisouma’s Hara Town, and got to see the seaside for the first time in a long long while. The first year after the disaster we often passed through Odaka Ward. If you go up from Ukedo in Namie you’ll get to Odaka on the seaside.

Along Idakawa’s coast, we couldn’t find the two pine trees that were visible directly after the disaster. When we moved closer, we saw a cenotaph and a sign.

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It seems like the pine trees were cut down in order to perform levee protection works. The replanted pine tree sapling is truly a tree of hope.

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The Idakawa region was very badly damaged during the disaster from the tsunami but because of the incident at the nuclear power plant, searching of the people that were swept away couldn’t be implemented for long time.

The other day there was a television program I was dying to see, so I registered for NHK On Demand. I was able to watch an NHK Special on the incident at the nuclear power plant. On the day of the disaster on March 3, 2011 when the tsunami occured, the area was still engulfed by the waves well into the night. And even though there were many survivors, on the next day when the incident at the nuclear power plant happened, in order to start the evacuation process the local fire brigade had to put more effort into evacuation rather than searching for victims of the tsunami. I learned that many people who survived the tsunami were dying from hypothermia.

If only it weren’t winter, if only the incident at the nuclear power plant hadn’t happened, there would have been some lives that could be saved.

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They had even built an incredibly strong seawall. Tsunamis are truly terrifying.

There are still so many residents that haven’t moved from the seaside in my hometown of Shizuoka. An earthquake could occur there any day now. There are still people there that calmly say, “Well, if a tsunami comes, there’s nothing I can do, I’ll just die.” An evacuation tower was built just for giving temporary peace of mind, but how many people can it really save? And there will be many animals that will become victims as well… It’s vexing to me because I’m here in Fukushima, where I can’t do a thing. I don’t want to feel regret if it happens tomorrow. But there are still so many things I have to do here in Fukushima.

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Even though six years have passed, the scars of the tsunami are still here and there.
*The traces of a hollowed-out beach.

 

On this day, I stayed at an internet cafe in Hara Town. The customer service was not the best(^_^;) And the price… They need some improvements. But it has good transportation access for our activities and when we do continuous days of activities it’s too much of a pain to return to the shelter, so we stay here.

 

First thing in the morning we returned to Namie in order to check the rescue cages.

Whew. We could rescue the dad.

If we couldn’t save him this time, we would have stayed an extra day(^_^;) And there was the chance we would never rescue him. I’m so relieved.

I waited until 9 o’clock and went into the evacuation zone again to check the rescue cages but as I reported on this blog the other day we weren’t able to rescue anyone.

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This year, the cherry trees in Yonomori should be at full bloom around the 15th. I wanted to participate in the Yonomori Cherry Blossom Festival because it was the first time in 6 years that they have held it, but I gave up hope when I heard that the chances the buds will be flowering by the 8th is low.

For the first time in 6 years, the Yonomori cherry trees will be lit up at night.

 

On this day we were also going to go around Katsurao Village, so we put off our work in Tomioka Town for the moment. On the way there, even though we were in the middle of work, I wanted to take a bath so badly, so I went to Kawauchi Village. *The previous day I couldn’t take a bath so I guess I was feeling cold and wanted to warm up(^_^;)

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Kawauchi Hot Spring is comparatively a bit pricier than the many of the cheaper but good hot springs throughout Fukushima Prefecture. Weekdays 600 yen, weekends 700 yen, closed on Tuesday.

It opened in 2000 and was left behind for a while after the disaster but three years after the disaster it was repaired and reopened in the spring.

I go here after its reopening because it’s easily accessed on our typical routes. I have allergies that make the condition of my skin poor, but I really like the way I feel after bathing here. *I’m not saying it’s especially good for your skin though(^_^;)

 

Kawauchi Village was part of the area designated as a hazard zone after the incident at the nuclear power plant. There was a time where everyone in the village was evacuated.

Right after the disaster, we would often break into the hazard zone at the time and use the route alongside this village. Even though we passed through here more or less pretty often we were able to take a road that came out of Kawauchi from Tomioka from a relatively early time period. We ended up using that road when going to and returning from activities. Nowadays we almost always use Route 288 but I guess I just like the other road so I used it. *Come to think of it, many of the residents of Fukushima still don’t know that you can use Route 288 without a special permit.

As of January 1, 2017 the rate of returnees to Kawauchi Village is 68.6%.

It’s a fairly high rate of returnees among all the evacuated regions. I think it was a good thing that they could quickly return. But there’s also a story going around about a young couple that committed suicide after returning home and restarting their business. Before the disaster their livelihood was partially dependent on agricultural sales but currently, because of the effects of the disaster, they had to lower their prices because people weren’t buying. Not everybody can get compensation. People who were barely making enough money for their life before the disaster can’t endure additional pressure of the disaster. It is a very sad reality.

There are people that still don’t want to eat produce from Fukushima even if cesium levels have been tested, but we can’t force them to change their minds. I really like wholesale farmers though, so I’m going to do my best to continue to support them.

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The spinach I bought here is so yummy(*’U`*)

Somehow it’s like this has become a tourist’s travel blog(^_^;)

I’ve gone around the evacuation zone region an absurd amount of times so just running around all the time will get old and burn me out.

 

I want to tell people more and more about the great places in Fukushima so please, please come visit as a tourist sometime(●^o^●)

Takizakura is going to be blooming soon♪ To those of you planning on visiting while Takizakura is in bloom, if you don’t mind Rika coming along and dragging me, I’d love to take you there so please come and volunteer! (lol)

 

To be continued(^_^;)

 

I wasn’t feeling good yesterday, so for the first time in a long while, I skipped out on writing a blog entry. For two days I was so tired and couldn’t shake it, but today I finally recovered. I’m sorry if I made you worry.

I was amazed by how much humans can sleep! It was like god said, “Take a break!”

I was able to rest easily because Rika was able to be walked by our volunteer Yuu-kun. Thank you.

Translation: 2017-03-31 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170331.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Panku’s Graduation

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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Panku-kun did a good job as a member of the cat staff at Kokoneko.

Pure white cats find foster homes unexpectedly fast but we were waiting because the sister of the person who rescued him said she wanted him. But we lost her letter(^_^;) And he got bigger(^_^;)

He has such a cute personality but (lol) nobody requested him(^_^;) We kept thinking, why, why why(^_^;)

 

We dispatched him to Kokoneko because he loves plays with toys, which makes him perfect for a cat cafe. He was also the youngest. He worked very very hard as a staff member (lol) I’m so happy that he was loved by the owner and the customers(●^o^●)

And he finally found a very lovely foster home(=^・^=)

 

Panku was dropped off at the bathhouse area of a construction site and was the brother of our Mozuku.

Compared to his younger days, the color of his eyes and body shape have changed a bit. Since he went to Kokoneko he has become quite the polished man.

In order to be delivered to his new foster home, we collected him from Kokoneko. The owner was giving him a good brushing for the last time.

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The owner really loved Panku and doted over him quite a bit. He was a good boy who even got in the cat carrier on his own.

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Miiko-san came and saw him off♪

 

The road was pure white from snow on this day, perfect for Panku’s graduation.

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*I stopped the car to take a photo.

 

He was adopted by a family with a very very sweet little girl. At first they have a trial run, but I’m sure it’ll all go well(*^_^*)

Be happy, Panku♪

Translation: 2017-03-30 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170330.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: The Buds Are Still Tough at Yonomori

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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Yesterday and the day before we did activities in the former evacuation zones. I was feeling a little down in the dumps… tired… things hurt here and there… sluggish… headache… can’t move (or is that typical for me(^_^;))

Sorry for cutting corners with this entry, but I’ll at least give a report…

We had no issues doing rescues for two days in Namie. The cat we believe to be a father cat born before the disaster was very cautious, and even though he was obviously very hungry as he circled around the rescue cage he wouldn’t get inside.

We put food into a dummy cage and let him get to it for several days and he finally got inside in the middle of the night. We rescued him first thing in the morning. As we departed, Occhan and the other laborers saw us all off.

It’d be great if they found happiness.

Just like the cherry trees of Yonomori the buds in the former evacuation zones are still tough and we can’t predict when they’ll blossom.

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People think blossoms will start to open after the 12th, and as we went to town hall to get our permit we heard them saying that holding the festival on the 8th might be too early.

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The logo for Tomioka Town was apparently designed to include three “To” characters.
Flower motifs are often used in logos, but I’m surprised it’s not a cherry blossom.

 

Yonomori’s Tsutsumi Park has had early blossoming✿

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There are rows of plum trees there but they’re not being tended to, so they don’t bloom quite as vigorously.

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At the time sanctions were lifted in this area, radiation levels were at 2.4 microsieverts. It will be a long while before cherry blossom festivals can be held once again at Tsutsumi Park.

Tomioka’s Sakura Mall opened all of their stores today, and I really wanted to go but I couldn’t… A supermarket was opened in a lively area and the people that have decided to live here must have waited for so long. This is something that makes us volunteers very very happy(=^・^=) I’m so happy to see the life return to Tomioka Town, which suffered so much cruelty after the disaster. There are various problems, but it seems that from now, medical facilities should improve.

We’re cheering you on.

Translation: 2017-03-29 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170329.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Yohira-chan Really Fought Hard.

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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Yohira-chan.

She appeared out of nowhere on the shelter grounds one day, so used to humans that a volunteer picked her up with bare hands. It didn’t make sense that such a trusting cat we’ve never seen before would suddenly show up. She was certainly abandoned so first of all added her to the shelter as another member of staff.

The volunteer N-san caught Yohira. I’ll never forget the “what do I do???” look on their face (lol)

During surgery after being rescued they discovered a lump around her shoulder area. We discovered that it was caused a hormone capsule that was used to spay her without the use of surgery. I’ve heard that some veterinarians recommend these capsules but I had never seen one actually in a cat’s body. Seeing one made me realize that it should not be used.

I wonder if Yohira was wandering and made it to us. She was really skinny when we rescued her but

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she gradually got better and her body weight grew favorably. Kaboom!

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I think this is what they call fat with happiness((∩^Д^∩)) She’s so puffy that it’s like her face from the time of rescue is gone (lol)

 

But from the time that her mouth sores became horrible, her kidneys worsened, and she suddenly became so thin. For a while she left the cat room and spent every day receiving the warm and courteous care of the staff in the recovery isolation room.

While she got tons of love from the staff she fought hard every day while undergoing her difficult treatment. She spent each and every day slow and steady.

The other day at the hospital we were shown a catalog that said a new medicine for kidney disease would be on the market soon. Finally! Let’s give this to Yohira! We thought we’d definitely get it by the end of the month. So just hang in there for us…

And we thought she could…

 

But she really did fight hard. It’s okay to stop fighting though.

Her kidneys were bad for a little under a year and we thought of undergoing treatment before she passed away. We were so close to getting medication that was good for kidney disease. If only it had gone on the market a little sooner. I keep feeling those kinds of regrets that couldn’t be helped. But I think Yohira found her days at the shelter to be heartwarming and full of love from the staff.

Yohira-chan’s funeral will be held today before noon.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave Yohira their love!

Translation: 2017-03-28 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170328.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: About the Cats of Namie

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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The other day I wrote about these cats. I’d like to talk about the little ones of Namie.

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Thank you for sharing and distributing! Their destinations have finally been decided!

 

Our connection with this area is almost over and we’re currently working hard on rescues. I promised to submit this entry, but we’re currently in the middle of rescues(^_^;)

 

There is a very cautious little ones among them that is a mother, and her babies seem to have been born before the disaster due to her age. Because we need to rescue all of her babies we set up a dummy rescue cage. For a few days they will be eating the food we left in the dummy cages, and next week we plan on doing the rescue.

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Mommy cat.

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The little one we saw last time wasn’t around this time.

A little one we saw for the first time was a peculiar little white and black cat, but we didn’t get a picture. I hope we can rescue them…

Translation: 2017-03-27 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170327.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: The Best Time to See Takizakura

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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Regarding the time that Takizakura will begin to bloom…we still don’t know(^_^;) This is last year’s prediction.

Once we entered February this year the warm days have continued, and aside from the super duper hot days it’s been a fairly warm winter. I saw on a TV program that there’s a “600 degree rule” that claims if the combined high temperatures pass 600 degrees after February, cherry blossoms will be opening. It depends on the type of trees, but if there are many warm days like we’ve been having this year, the blossom prediction should be sooner.

I remember the year of the disaster and the following year having blossoms open quite late. And actually, the blossoms started opening around April 20th those two years.

Every year, we hope that we can host an adoption event around the time when Takizakura’s blooming, which is when visitors come to Miharu Town the most and the town is energized. But it seems likely that it will happen one week sooner.

There’s a live camera here, so for those of you that would like to check before coming, you can easily do so(*^_^*) Here is the route map near Takizakura. According to the predictions on this website, the blossoms should open around April 12 and be at full bloom around the 18th. If you are able to visit, please stop by the shelter as well(*^_^*)

The route Rika-kun and I walk on allows us to see Takizakura from above.

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A squirrel?

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Looking down on Takizakura.

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I want to go all the way to Takizakura, but I don’t have confidence that I could go on the slopes with Rika(^_^;) I think I’d die if I fell down these steep steps (lol)

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This is the viewpoint of the mountains from around Shirakawa to Nihonmatsu.

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Not even plum trees are blossoming so of course the cherry trees still have a way to go.
They don’t even look close. The Yoshino cherry tree buds are still hard but they’re starting to swell a bit.

I’m always excited for our typical walking route to be dyed pink(●^o^●)

Translation: 2017-03-26 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170326.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Shinkai-san’s Proof of Life

Introductions of the animals looking for foster homes are summarized here. Please, introduce this to your friends and family, and if you could put flyers in stores around your neighborhood we would be very grateful!

We request that you share and spread this as well!

 

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Shinkai-san was a feral cat that roamed around the home of I-san, who took care of Aka, Happy, and John. They were one of the many cats I-san performed TNR on in Miyakojima.

A little while ago their face began to swell and they became weak, and it seemed like the end was near… We wanted to take them to a hospital but they weren’t used to us, so we weren’t sure what we could do. We decided to bring them into the shelter until they recovered.

After taking them to the hospital, we found that the cause of the swelling was due to the terrible mucus built up from a cold. The cold got worse and either pus built up, or bacteria entered a wound from a fight, or perhaps there was a tumor. In order to aid the symptoms, antibiotics were administered and we waited to see if the swelling would reduce.

Before the rescue we heard that they wouldn’t eat at all, and only drank milk. So we gave them milk but a short while after taking them in they completely stopped drinking it. They had a stuffed nose and the facial swelling wasn’t healing so we switched to more coercive feeding methods. They finally ate, and we cared for them as we changed their treatment.

When we re-prescribed a different antibiotic the pus was relieved a bit and some of the swelling went down. At first the antibiotics didn’t work so we were thinking to cut and remove the pus but we figured it was okay. The staff, despite having very little time to spare, really cared for them throughout the cold treatment, the eye treatment, and the coerced feeding.

A few mornings ago when they went to see Shinkai, unfortunately, he had passed away.

We thought the fight was just starting.

The day before they were rubbing their head all over us and purring. It was the sweetest they had ever been. I’m sure they were trying to say thank you to the ones that cared for them. We all saw Shinkai’s proof of life. The life of a stray cat is truly difficult, but in the end he could come to think that humans aren’t so bad.

Yesterday, at Shinkai’s cremation…

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Shinkai-san, we’re so grateful that we could watch over you. I hope you’re up in the sky, running about with all the other little ones☆

 

This morning, Yohira-chan passed away.

She appeared out of nowhere on the shelter grounds one day, so used to humans that a volunteer picked her up with bare hands. It didn’t make sense that such a trusting cat we’ve never seen before would suddenly show up. She was certainly abandoned so first of all added her to the shelter as another member of staff.

Her kidneys were bad for a little under a year and we thought of undergoing treatment before she passed away. We were so close to getting medication that was good for kidney disease. If only it had gone on the market a little sooner. I keep feeling those kinds of regrets that couldn’t be helped. But I think Yohira found her days at the shelter to be heartwarming and full of love from the staff.

We will announce when her funeral date has been decided.

 

I apologize for all these sad announcements, but let’s pull ourselves together!

 

Today is an adoption event!

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Dogs and cats are both participating!

Definitely definitely stop byヾ(o´∀`o)ノ