April 2011


April 27 – In Loving Memory

April 27, 2011

April 27 – In Loving Memory

Early this morning, Yasue's mother passed away with Yasue by her side. Read more »

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April 26 – All Aboard

April 25, 2011

April 26 – All Aboard

A few days ahead of schedule, the bullet trains begin running from Tokyo to Sendai. Read more »

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April 25 – Sharing Aloha with Those in Need

April 25, 2011

April 25 – Sharing Aloha with Those in Need

A short visit to Sendai begins with exchanging gifts and ends with a commitment to continue sharing our aloha spirit. Read more »

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April 25 – In Good Company

April 24, 2011

April 25 – In Good Company

Visits from friends and co-workers help lift Yasue’s spirits. Read more »

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April 22 – Hawaii Executives Arrive in Sendai, With Aloha

April 24, 2011

April 22 – Hawaii Executives Arrive in Sendai, With Aloha

With Aloha Funding is Now Helping to Save Lives Read more »

Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Permalink | Comments (0)


April 21 – Courage and Resiliency Are Ageless in Northeast Japan

April 20, 2011

April 21 – Courage and Resiliency Are Ageless in Northeast Japan

Life might be returning to normal but it will never be like it was before 3/11. Read more »

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April 19 - Weather or Not

April 19, 2011

April 19 - Weather or Not

As Tohoku residents continue to rebuild, the weather reminds them again that some things are beyond their control. Read more »

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April 18 – Weekend Warmth

April 15, 2011

April 18 – Weekend Warmth

Another first-person perspective about what is happening in Sendai’s recovery efforts, by Blaise Plant. Read more »

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April 15 – Open Season

April 14, 2011

April 15 – Open Season

The season of rebirth takes on a whole new meaning in Tohoku. Read more »

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April 14 – News, Tears and Joy

April 14, 2011

April 14 – News, Tears and Joy

Spring is in the air but a daily dose of the cold hard facts still hit home. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Permalink | Comments (1)


About This BLOG

Scott and Yasue Schumaker moved from Japan to Hawaii in 1995. They and their son Ian, 14, live in Kapolei. In mid-January, Yasue unexpectedly returned to her childhood home in Sendai, Japan to care for her ailing mother. She was in Sendai when the devastating 9.0 earthquake struck. In this blog, Scott will share how all 3 family members are coping with the separation amid the chaos and misery of post-quake life in northern Japan. All times in this blog are HST.

Editor's Note:
Scott Schumaker, president of our parent company, PacificBasin Communications, has a unique take on the events unfolding in Japan. His wife, Yasue, is a concierge at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. Yasue was in Sendai when the earthquake and tsunami hit and was one of the first people interviewed by CNN. She remains there, looking after her ailing mother and coping with the devastation. In this online column, Schumaker chronicles the experience of one family, both separated and united by disaster.

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