Golden week is just over in Japan. It is the first long national holiday since the earthquake and tens of thousands of volunteers have made their way north to assist with the clean-up following the tsunami. A number of my friends have been there cleaning out homes, preparing food for survivors or, in the case […]
The March 11th earthquake sparked an exodus of foreigners and Japanese from the central (Kanto) and northern (Tohoku) regions of Japan. Our school resumed classes following our normally scheduled spring break with approximately 80% of our students and 97% of faculty back on campus. Part of these high percentages were due to timing. We were […]
The partial meltdown of the powerplant in Fukushima loomed heavily over the Tohoku and Kanto regions for weeks following the natural disasters that precipitated it. It still simmers like a forgotten kettle but there has been time to become better informed about radiation, to slowly begin to come to terms with the victims of the […]
The past five weeks have placed unusual demands on us as a community and individuals. While earthquakes are a known part of life in Japan, the intensity of the earthquake on March 11th, sustained aftershocks, unprecedented damage of the tsunami in the Tohoku region, and ongoing concern with the nuclear power plant in Fukushima have […]
It seems almost impossible that journey we have been since the earthquake and tsunami is only 2 and half weeks long. So much has happened and continues to happen that for many it may feel like a lot longer story. Following the earthquake, the loss of electricity, the stopped train lines, the traffic jams, and […]
One of the biggest concerns for our community is the sustained stress of the nuclear reactor and continued aftershocks and tremors. Psychologically I think this is more akin to a hostage situation, mining entrapment, or a volcanic eruption where the threat is constant and the stress unabating. Key in our management of this will be […]
This is the full version of a shorter article published originally in the Dec, 2010 issue of the International Educator Magazine. Eddie Levisman is a current colleague at Yokohama International School. From the fall of 2011 he will be serving as school counselor at the Pan American School of Porte Alegre in Brazil.