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How a Downtown Tokyo Hotel Handled the Earthquake

Where: Tokyo, Japan
March 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

It's been a trying weekend for Japan, and the situation still remains dire with entire towns wiped out and massive rescue efforts under way. In Tokyo, life is attempting to return to normal, but limited public transportation schedules and the threat of electricity blackouts has stunted business. True to Japan's culture, however, the hotels of the city seem to be handling the crisis as gracefully as possible.

Last night, while routinely reading Twitter, we noticed that @thebaghag was relating her friend's story of being a tourist in Tokyo during the earthquake. It happened while he was staying at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, a popular hotel with amazing views, located in a Shibuya high-rise.

Naturally guests were evacuated, but hotel staff went above and beyond to pack for guests with departing flights:

NOTE: Read tweets from bottom up for chronological order

NOTE: Read tweets from bottom up for chronological order

Cracks can be repaired, but the memories won't be erased. Can you imagine watching, on a big screen in one of the busiest intersections in the world, thousands of people die as bigscreens played live footage of the tsunami waves washing away entire towns? Such a stressful time, and yet the hotel staff remained cool-headed.

[room photo: Cerulean Tower Tokyu]

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