A group of volunteers who help with reconstruction in the area damaged by the 2011 tsunami gathers at Tokyo's Fukko Shien Sakaba. The restaurant serves food from Fukushima, and donates all of its profits to help the disaster region. Photo: Catherine Winter

A group of volunteers who help with reconstruction in the area damaged by the 2011 tsunami gathers at Tokyo’s Fukko Shien Sakaba. The restaurant serves food from Fukushima, and donates all of its profits to help the disaster region. Photo: Catherine Winter

 

In Japan, farmers and fishermen are having a tough time making a living anywhere near the site of the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima two years ago. Many consumers are afraid products from the disaster region may be contaminated with radiation.

But one restaurant in Tokyo deliberately serves food from Fukushima and other parts of northeast Japan hit by the tsunami and the radiation cloud.

Reporter Catherine Winter visited on a recent evening. She discovered that customers are drawn by a desire to help the disaster victims – and by 96 different kinds of sake.

 

 

MORE: Listen to Catherine’s story about how people in Japan are facing their food challenges, 2 years after the nuclear meltdown.