Just over two weeks before I left London in April this year, Japan was rocked by a huge earthquake and over 700 km of the coastline were devastated by the ensuing tsunami. A major nuclear incident near the city of Fukushima rendered acres of land an evacuation zone and scenes of the disaster filled the global news screens and dailies. Eight months on, the battle in Tohoku, this north eastern region of Honshu, continues. Winter is nearly here meaning that battle will get harder. Global attention may have faded somewhat but the reality of the situation facing thousands of Japanese people has not and will not, for years to come. For some, the scars will never heal.