April 2011


April 13 – Before Large Aftershocks, Many People Get Buzzed

April 13, 2011

April 13 – Before Large Aftershocks, Many People Get Buzzed

Technology allows many in Japan to hear an aftershock seconds before feeling it. Read more »

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April 12 – Another Day, Another Aftershock or Two

April 12, 2011

April 12 – Another Day, Another Aftershock or Two

The daily aftershocks in Tohoku continue to erode buildings and nerves. Read more »

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Monday, April 11 - A Couch with a View

April 11, 2011

Monday, April 11 - A Couch with a View

Some insight on where Yasue "lived" for the first five days or so after the 3/11 quake. Read more »

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April 11, 2011

April 11 – Planes, Trains and Subways

Yasue gets the good news that public transportation in Sendai, including its airport, is scheduled to begin service soon. Read more »

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April 10 – After the Aftershock, Again.

April 10, 2011

April 10 – After the Aftershock, Again.

Yasue catches us up on what has been happening since the huge aftershock struck April 7. Read more »

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April 10 - The Power of Human Kindness

April 9, 2011

April 10 - The Power of Human Kindness

The With Aloha event raised $150,000 for Tohoku University Hospital as more than 2,300 people gave from the heart. Read more »

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April 8 - Event Eve

April 8, 2011

April 8 - Event Eve

With Aloha silent auction to give attendees a chance to speak up for quake relief. Read more »

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Thursday, April 7 - I AM OK

April 7, 2011

Thursday, April 7 - I AM OK

A huge aftershock measuring more than 7.0 on the Richter Scale rocks Sendai. Read more »

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Wednesday, April 6 – Plum Blossoms and Ice Cream

April 6, 2011

Wednesday, April 6 – Plum Blossoms and Ice Cream

Spring is in the air in Sendai and Yasue and her friend enjoy a summertime treat. Read more »

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April 5 - Tickets Now on Sale Downtown

April 6, 2011

April 5 - Tickets Now on Sale Downtown

For those working downtown, getting tickets to the Tohoku University Hospital Fundraiser just got easier and online donations are now available. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Permalink | Comments (0)


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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