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A couple of Banter regulars in Japan checked in on Friday and reported that they are okay. But the news of the earthquake that hit the far east is devastating. All of our hopes and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters across the globe.

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1 thelarmis   ~  Mar 12, 2011 1:11 am

oh, good. thankfully Mr. OK Jazz Tokyo and his buddy Boatzilla are okay!!! this is a devastating tragedy...

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 12, 2011 2:40 am

[1] Hey thelarmis, Boatzilla and I and the family are all ok. Crazy night and still aftershocks all day today making people a little jumpy. But Tokyo was spared the worst, the north-east coast has just been destroyed...right now still trying to clean up my apartment, which was completely trashed during the quake..but it's all just stuff, much worse was being out of touch with Mrs. Jazz and the little ones for an hour or so after the quake..they were stuck on the 45th floor skydeck of a skyscraper, had to eventually walk all the way down..Will be cleaning rest of the weekend and following the news here, still a lot of people unaccounted for up north..

Peace and jazz,


3 Mattpat11   ~  Mar 12, 2011 2:52 am

Very happy to hear that everyone is ok

4 Boatzilla   ~  Mar 12, 2011 3:08 am

[1] Dude you had some drama. Sorry to hear that. Our biggest worry was making sure Baba (granny), who is 81, got home. She went out for lunch at 11:00 and got home at midnight....3 buses and some walking later.....ooops there's another aftershock....the hits just keep on comin'. We are approaching 40 aftershocks.

Folks ,I posted some very rushed, very poor photos of the spillage in our place. Mostly files, books, CDs and stuff on shelves. Two Macs went down, but no damage. Have not been in to my office yet.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/boatzilla

We are very luck in Tokyo. Send your good vibes to the Sendai area.

5 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 12, 2011 3:33 am

[4] We're REALLY lucky..coastal towns in Miyagi-ken and Iwate-ken have just been wiped out..even inland one places looked like it was carpet bombed..we've got some Iwate-friends here in town, they'll be stuck here awhile methinks..

6 Boatzilla   ~  Mar 12, 2011 3:47 am

[5] True. And keep your eye on the Fukushima nuke plant. One of the main towers just exploded. Presser going on as I write this. We have friends and staff out there.

7 RIYank   ~  Mar 12, 2011 7:24 am

Boatzilla, I'm delighted that your earthquake pix are so unexciting! :-)
Glad both you guys were only... shaken up.
My son is in Australia, and I was a little anxious in the morning, but the tsunami apparently didn't affect them at all.

I hear Kei Igawa couldn't communicate with his family, northern inland Japan. Is there any further news on that?

8 Boatzilla   ~  Mar 12, 2011 7:57 am

[7] Not sure about Kei, but there is a lot of devastation up in Tohoku: power outages....uh-oh here's another aftershock....I swear ever time I get on the keyboard. Check out Twitter for some accurate and timely news. But the Miyagi- and Iwate-ken areas have been hit hard. It's a full scale disaster up there.

9 rbj   ~  Mar 12, 2011 9:45 am

[2], [4] Glad to hear that you & yours are o.k. With thousands still unaccounted for, and even a train missing (!) I fear the worse. Stuff can be replaced, people can't.

10 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 12, 2011 10:26 am

Such a relief to hear that you guys are ok.

11 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 12, 2011 10:32 am

Glad both of you guys are OK!

[4] Not sure what makes me more happy...that you are raising your children to be Yankees fans, or introducing them to Sherlock Holmes!

12 Raf   ~  Mar 12, 2011 1:57 pm

A few friends have checked in from Ibaraki, Chiba and Tokyo, glad to hear they're okay.

As noted, it's further north where the impact has really hit.

13 Simone   ~  Mar 12, 2011 2:02 pm

Great to hear that our Banters in Japan are okay.

14 thelarmis   ~  Mar 12, 2011 2:07 pm

[7] kei's family is okay. he's trying to make travel plans to go to japan.

Mr. OK/Boat - again: sooo glad you and yours are ok!!!

15 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Mr. OK Jazz & Boatzilla, I'm very relieved to see you guys back in action here and to know your families are also safe and sound. Been thinking of you.

16 The Mick536   ~  Mar 12, 2011 4:09 pm

Very good news. Hope everyone close to you will be ok, too.

17 FlyGirlFan   ~  Mar 12, 2011 6:58 pm

Glad to hear all are okay. This is devastating. The only thing I can say is 'gambaranakerbanarimasen.' After a year in Japan and 15 years in Hawaii all I can say is I get it, and I'm with you.

18 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 12, 2011 7:16 pm

Nice to read all the love from the Banter family. The aftershocks are nerve-wracking but it's all ok here in Tokyo. I personally have zero trust in the J government's proclamations about the Fukushima nuclear power plant though..seriously considering sending the fam down to Osaka for a while till things cool down.

Boat, try and chat with you later today if DoCoMo service is back up. Softbank came back to me yesterday morning.

19 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 12, 2011 7:28 pm

When I tell people about the Bronx Banter, I say one of the coolest things about it is we've got Banterers in Japan.
My family's prayers go out to all who have been lost, and all who are suffering there.
Best wishes to you, OK Jazz, Boatzilla, and your country.

20 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 13, 2011 3:50 am

[19] Thanks Sliced! Interesting for this Brooklyn boy to think of Japan as "my country" but after 12+ years in total I guess it is. I certainly don't get it when people start telling me to come "home"..Home is here! That goes double for Boatzilla, right?? :)

Neighborhood here in Tokyo was pretty normal for a Sunday afternoon, though the shops were much emptier than usual..empty bread shelves, stock low of bottled water and drinks..we're stocking up a lot as some big aftershocks are being forecast...as to the nuclear plant in Fukushima..nothing to do but wait and see what happens..200km away would be safe enough I hope..

21 FlyGirlFan   ~  Mar 13, 2011 7:35 pm

[18] Send them to Osaka right away. I wouldn't trust them either - they are dealing with too much right now and have a tendency to gloss things over. I'm relieved to hear that they are accepting help from foreign nations this time - as opposed to their response in the Kobe quake. Keep your family safe. Stock up on supplies. You may be living on kanzume for awhile! Gambate!

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