From the distance of Tokyo, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated northern Japan now seem like an oddly long time ago. Similarly, the power cuts, food shortages and tabloid sensationalism that followed feel like a completely different time. A time of genuine uncertainty, even fear, and yet fairly quickly things still returned to the normality of pre-March 11. Merely a brief interruption before the mundane routines of everyday life once again reigned supreme.
For those directly affected, however, it must be a very different story altogether. Problems connected to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are ongoing, and 60,000 people or so are still suffering the stresses of temporary accommodation — many more when you include those having to make do by staying with relatives. Pretty much insult added to injury all piled on top of anxiety. Daily pressures and concerns that in addition to everything else people have to deal with, must make the lives of those involved incredibly difficult to say the least. Lives that besides the beauty of the moon being visible, and the sun still rising, must bear little comparison to the comfort of the ones they lived before.