“I didn’t want to do this job. I wanted to be… a lumberjack!….”
Tokyo launches cedar pollen reduction project in Tama
The Japan Times/Kyodo News, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006—The Tokyo Metropolitan Government started a project Monday to cut down 1.8 million cedar trees in the mountainous Tama region west of Tokyo to help people with cedar pollen allergies….Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara chops a 48-year-old cedar tree during a ceremony to kick off a pollen reduction project in Ome, western Tokyo…more…
Japan has one hell of a hay fever season lasting from late January to mid summer. Pollen-filled cypress and cedar trees release thick clouds of power fine powder which look so much like smoke that it often mistakenly reported as a forest fire. With mega-tons of pollen in the air the majority of Japanese over the age of 30 suffer watery eyes and runny noses.
However, part of the problem is that rapidly aging Japan has lacked enough lumberjacks to harvest these pollen-bearing trees so it will take decades before this cedar pollen reduction project will produce any effect.
JAPAN NEEDS MORE LUMBERJACKS…
“I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay / I sleep all night and I work all day….I cut down trees / I skip and jump / like to press wild flowers / I put on women’s clothing / and hang around in bars….” — Watch the YouTube video “Monty Python – Lumberjack Song”