Thursday, April 7 - I AM OK

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

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 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 »

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April 5 - Suddenly, It's a Gas

A hot bath and a cold meal both signify that life in Sendai continues to improve. Read more »

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April 4 – Play Ball Part 2

April 4 – Play Ball Part 2

Yasue checks in with officials at Sendai’s professional baseball team to see when they hope to throw out the first pitch in their home stadium. Read more »

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April 4 - Discussing a Blur of a Weekend in 33 Minutes.

Yasue's needs have been met but what she wants most will take more time—and help. Read more »

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April 3 - Putting the FUN in Fundraiser

The April 9th fundraiser for Sendai's Tohoku University Hospital grows by the day. You can give and receive . . . With Aloha Read more »

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Saturday, April 2 - Two Visits, Two Wheels

Yasue gets a surprise visit and a surprise gift from her friends. Read more »

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April 1 - The Spam has Landed

April 1 - The Spam has Landed

Two boxes packed with protein arrive in Sendai from Hawaii. Read more »

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Friday, April 1 - Play Ball

Friday, April 1 - Play Ball

Sendai needs something to cheer and their pro baseball team might help galvanize the stricken city. Read more »

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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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