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As of Monday next week, two years will have passed since Northestern Japan was devastated by the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami that ripped through dozens of coastal towns and villages. The country, particularly Fukushima Prefecture, is still picking up the pieces, but this collection of photos, taken both shortly after the tsunami hit and again at intervals during more recent months, shows just how far people have come in putting their towns back together again.

The following images are testament to the willpower and courage of the people of Northeastern Japan. Despite having everything taken away from them in the blink of an eye, entire towns have risen to the challenge undeterred and are working hard every single day to repair and rebuild, and for that they should be proud.

At first we were tempted to provide commentary alongside each of these photos, but in the end we decided to simply present them as they were. We think that they speak perfectly well for themselves, anyway.

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Source: Izismile via 秒刊 Sunday