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April 19 - Weather or Not

April 19 - Weather or Not

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

We woke this morning to a photo from Yasue and a one-word text: SNOW!

What a change from the blue skies, bright sunshine and cherry blossoms she photographed in Sendai just the day before. Today's picture shows the Sendai skyline blurred by falling snow, overcast dark-gray sky, wet, cold, miserable.

Sendai is basically on the same latitude as Washington D.C. and therefore gets similar weather. In April, it can be near summer-like one day and winter the next. That's nothing new for the residents in northeast Japan to deal with. However, the new things they are dealing with make this wintery reminder seem like a cruel joke.

It sure would be nice if they could catch a break. With the rolling blackouts and intermittent aftershocks, is it asking too much for spring to firmly take hold and winter to retreat once and for all? For the more than 100,000 people still living in evacuation centers, a little sustained sunshine could really help brighten their day.


Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Permalink

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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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