I still have yet to make it to the Tohoku region and comment on what the state of recovery is like, nor can I ever compare it to what it was like beforehand, but there are still reminders throughout Japan of the earthquake and tsunami.

My favorite is one I have no photo of, but see quite often. Along the north banks of Lake Shinji on the road to western Matsue and to Izumo, there is a very large sign that spans the length of several fishing boats that says “You can do it, Tohoku.”