If it wasn’t for a metallic taste and strange, powdery sensation on her skin, Sato Sachiko could have almost believed nothing changed in "beautiful Fukushima" after March 11.

The vegetable farmer and slow-food guru, who went from self-sufficient to homeless over night, saw the same azure skies -- famously described by 19th century Japanese poet Kotaro Takamura as Japan’s "True Sky".

"The view in Fukushima remained the same; the mountains, the coast, and the many different types of trees and flowers which transform with Japan’s distinct seasons. And of course, the clear, blue sky, or Honto-no-Sora, in the words of Takamura."