Update From Australia: 22 Days After The Quake

After staying in a friend’s place south of Tokyo for 12 days, we have moved once again in our evacuation efforts since the situation isn’t seeming to improve much around our place in Fukushima.

Now, we’re in my home country; Australia, where we’ll stay with my lovely but overly worried Mum for a scheduled 3 weeks. If it will be safe enough to go back home then, only time will tell.

There are still very mixed reports about the situation there… like radiation levels are dropping, but the radiation in the water is increasing off the charts.

Then there are the fears of plutonium that has been detected around the plant. God forbid more plutonium doesn’t leak and the amount already there isn’t enough to reach us or anyone and do harm.

Anyway, I just wanted to keep this update short and say that things are still ‘up in the air’… literally, as are our plans for the near future.

But for the meantime, we’re stationed here in Brisbane Australia for the next little stint.

I really hope this somehow all magically blows over and in 3 weeks from now, everything will be normal again. Maybe wishful thinking but that’s pretty much all we’ve got to rely on; apart from the workers trying to get this under control.

The workers there at the plant are putting their life on the line and the Japanese are smart, and extremely responsible and honorable when it comes to problems like this. It would be dishonorable for anyone to not give it their all to work out a solution as quickly as possible.

As the motto goes, “Pray for Japan”. We all are and I really hope you are too.

Any extra help at this time is extremely valuable… even if it is in the form of a silent prayer.

Thanks for all the support from everyone of my friends/readers/customers so far. It really means a lot to me that you are thinking of us and others in Japan.

We’re still in the middle of this, with a long way to go till we pop out the other side… but it’s just a matter of time.

Hopefully I will still have enough energy and sanity when this ends.

Best wishes,

Stu ‘Sensei’ Stirling

Update From Japan: 13 Days After The Earthquake

I thought I’d write a quick update about us and my thoughts about the Japan Crisis on my blog since many of my readers have been asking about our welfare here in Japan.

A big thank you goes out to my readers and customers for all your emails and messages of concern for me and my family.

I’m sure you’ve seen the news and understand what happened in Japan on March 11th, 2011 – a date I won’t forget quickly.

For those who don’t know, I live in Fukushima prefecture Japan, in Nihonmatsu city – about 60kms (40 miles) from the east coast of Japan where the Nuclear power plant crisis is taking place.

Having personally been in the middle of the Japan crisis, it has been a truly nerve rattling and sanity testing experience for my wife and I with our 8 month old baby over the last 13 days.

Although it has been the biggest and most tiring ordeal of our lives, we are safe and relatively happy now.

We are temporarily staying at a friend’s house down below Tokyo (300kms away from the nuclear plant) out of danger of the radiation and tsunamis.

Unfortunately, earthquakes still persist and there’s not much we, or anyone in Japan can do about that.

It’s something I never dreamed would happen and it’s still hard to believe it did happen.

Although our nerves are much calmer now than before, we and the rest of Japan are still not in the clear.

The affects of the Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear issue are being felt all over the east side of Japan and it’s looking like it will take a long time for things to get everything back to normal. Just how long, no-one knows.

But knowing the Japanese and their fighting spirit, I am hopeful that things will improve at a very fast pace.

So far, 13 days after the disaster, many things have been fixed such as power, water and temporary housing, among other important things. All these things are a good sign of steady progress.

I know this update was very late, and I’m sorry for keeping you waiting. It’s just been today that I’ve been able to find the time, energy and composure to write this.

So if you were worried or thinking of us here, this will let you know that we are all ok – we’re stayin’ alive!

We’ve still got a long hard road ahead of us, and we’re just playing it by ear at the moment, so we’re appreciative of your support!

Thanks again for all your thoughts and wishes during this disaster. I’ll be in touch again soon.

Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. While things are mostly fine with us, there are thousands of people who are in serious need of help. If you’d like to donate to the relief aid, here’s where you can go