In the Japanese language, the kanji characters for Fukushima translate as 'lucky' and 'island'. It is a definition that people often find amusing since Fukushima is not physically an island. After the events of March 11, 2011 it could also be said that Fukushima isn't lucky, either. But for so many of us who have lived here and those who continue to happily do so, Fukushima's name holds a special meaning to us. Fukushima is our island, with its people standing resolute against the currents of fear and misunderstanding that surround its name. We also consider ourselves lucky to have had the opportunity to live here and learn just how special this land and its people truly are. Because this is the Lucky Island.
This is Fukushima.