National Geographic : 2011 Dec
Nobuko Sanpei, 74, eats dinner in her cardboard- box home at the Big Palette Fukushima convention center in Koriyama. "It was sweltering, so I cut out a hole," she said. For months after the nuclear disaster, thousands of refugees lived in cardboard "houses" in inns, schools, and other public shelters. Sanpei, who has since moved to a small apartment, pines for the rice paddies she and her husband tended in Tomioka, south of the power plant.