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Spring is just around the corner, and plum blossoms are bursting all over Japan, California, and beyond. A year after the devastation of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan still stands, its spirit strong, with people going about its business just like the rest of us. While the struggle is not over -- affected areas are still under disrepair and threats of radiation looms -- the blossoms are symbols of renewal, and healing.

*Photo in Hatagaya Tokyo, by Yoko Kumano.