Stories From Sendai

This will be a night to be remembered.  We have one of the best venues in the city, world class dancers and DJ’s, amazing prizes for raffle and silent auction and a great charity that we are supporting.  All of the relevent details are below.

Stories From Sendai

Cover: $15 – includes a free drink ticket

DJ: K 2the C

Dance Crew: Supernaturalz

Raffle:  Prizes include Toronto FC tickets (VIP!), Raptors tickets, Getaway For 2 To Niagara Falls and much more.

Japanese and Canadian food

Great beer – Steam Whistle Pilsner

Location: Steam Whistle Brewery

If you are heading to the Blue Jay’s home opener, you should consider walking for two minutes to the Roundhouse to join us for our event.  It will be amazing and will go to support Habitat For Humanity to help people rebuild their lives and homes in the areas hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


Fundraising Event…Confirmed!


There was way too much emotion earlier today as we walked into the LCBO to see about getting a liquor license for our event this Friday.  We knew that we were under the 30 days needed to get the license, but we decided to go for a long shot.

A quick explaination, a few tears, being cut off and told it was a go, being told by the store GM that it’s not possible, a few more tears, a confirmation phone call and then BAM – done.

Oh did I mention hours upon hours spent worrying about whether we could get the license in time?  Or the fact that we had no idea where we could hold it if it wouldn’t be at the Steam Whistle Brewery?

A big sigh of relief and now the real work starts.

Event Details – Stories From Sendai

Location:  Steam Whistle Brewery – Map and Details

Doors Open at 9pm on Friday April 1st, 2011.

There will be a raffle to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity Japan.

I will post the event poster here (wait the 20 seconds for free download – this is the first draft of the poster).

The Facebook event can be found here.  You can also follow us on Twitter – @SendaiStories – and the web site will go live late Monday night –

Needless to say there is a lot more work that has be done over the next few days.  I will post updates and details here once they become available.

Interesting Read….

The full article can be found on the NHK web site here.

Nuclear safety agency orders Tepco safety measures

Japan’s nuclear safety agency says it ordered the Tokyo Electric Power Company to step up safety measures at the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima after another case of workers exposed to radiation.

Three people working to restore cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at the Number 3 reactor were exposed to 173 to 180 millisieverts of radiation on Thursday. They were working in the turbine building, when they stepped in highly radioactive water, 15 centimeters deep. Two of the men are suffering from suspected beta ray burns.

It was later learned the water contained 3.9 million becquerels of radioactive substances per cubic centimeter. The detected figure is 10,000 times higher than levels of water inside a normally operating nuclear reactor.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters on Friday there were problems with measures taken by the power company to prevent the accident.

It said the firm did not properly measure radiation levels at the building where the accident occurred before the recovery operation began and failed to equip workers with adequate protective gear. It also said the workers did not immediately pull out of the building despite alarms set off by their gauges measuring radiation exposure.

The safety agency said it ordered the power company to take appropriate steps to measure radiation in the power plant. It also told the operator to take steps to prevent another accident, including more effective protective gear for the work crews.

Friday, March 25, 2011 13:47 +0900 (JST)

Guess what – A Message To Canadians

Here we go –  the latest message from the Canadian Government to their loyal subjects living in Japan:

Date: 23 March, 2011 6:29:24 PM EDT
Subject: Message to Canadians / Avis aux Canadiens

Nuclear Emergency in Japan

The Japanese Government is working closely with the (IAEA) and is taking extreme efforts to manage the radiation event.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers monitor the updated situation reports about the event posted by the Japanese government and the Western Pacific Regions of the World Health Organization.

For more information on Japan and travel security, visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website .


The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travellers:
1.      to follow the advice of the Japanese government particularly where
it concerns the ongoing or future protective measures around the nuclear facilities.
2.      to observe an evacuation zone of 80 km around the Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power station as a precautionary measure, given the evolving situation.
3.      to avoid consumption of spinach and Chinese colza from Fukushima,
Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures and raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture.
4.      to follow the advice of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and
Welfare  regarding food and water consumption and protective measures such as potassium iodide (KI).
5.      to choose foods produced and manufactured in other regions less
impacted by the current emergency as an extra precaution.

Best regards,

Consular Section / Section consulaire
Embassy of Canada / Ambassade du Canada
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503
Tel/Tél:3.5412.6200   Fax/Téléc:3.5412.6289 (English) (français)


Heading Back To Sendai

Well it’s almost official – I’ll be heading back to Sendai soon.   Land and real estate prices are sure to drop in Sendai over the coming months, and there’s a group of guys in Canada who are eager to start an agricultural project that should help ease the concerns of radiated vegetables coming from Tohoku region.

Without going into too much detail, this project should be fulfil a few personal requirements:

1.  Solve the food issue with produce being grown in Tohoku region.

2.  Create jobs (so important over the coming months in helping Sendai rebuild)

3.  Create a sustainable and environmentally friendly business that can be replicated in other parts of the world

4.  Experienced management team that can be quickly deployed

5.  The business requireslittle startup capital and will become cash flow positive within six months

I’ll admit that when I got back to Toronto, the last thought on my mind was to head back to Sendai region to help start a new business (maybe another part of Japan, but Sendai was not at the top of the list).  Now I find a strange attraction to that part of Japan.  Maybe I’ll become one of the newly coined “flygin” and return to an office full of people who decided to stay and face weeks of ostracization and ridicule.  Or I can talk about the great vacation that I had on the other side of the world non-stop and brag about the great tan that I now have from the Toronto weather.
I’m still hammering out the details for the fundraiser next week.  I’ll keep everyone posted.  Signing off with one of my favourite quotes:

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa (1910–1997)
Albanian missionary
Nobel Peace Prize winner

Fundraisers and Radiation

Still in the planning stages of the fundraiser for next week.  Once we have nailed down a few more details, I will post an event on Facebook and shoot out an email to see if we can get people out.  Needless to say it will be an event that I would want to attend – beer, videos, and lots of prizes.  Did I mention beer?

There are a few other fundraisers that are going on over the next few weeks.  I’ll post some details here once I have them.

Radiation could affect people outside of 30km zone.

You can find additional information at Japan’s main news station at NHK World.