Horses Left Behind in the Exclusion Zone

  • Mayumi Itoh
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


This chapter “Horses Left Behind in the Exclusion Zone” examines the fate of about 370 horses in the Sōma region in Fukushima prefecture, 20 miles north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. They were raised for Sōma Nomaoi (lit., “wild horse chase”), 1000-year-old classic cavalry races involving Shinto rituals, which are collectively designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. The Sōma horses were swept away by the massive tsunami and then exposed to radiation.

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  • Mayumi Itoh
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarPrincetonUSA

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