Survival Journey from Covid-19
(Diamond Princess Cruise Ship)
They found COVID 19 virus 17days after emptied ship.
We are still fighting hard with COVID-19(3.25.2020)
News from FEb. 4, 2020
Previously, I sent you information what I did after disembarkation. Below I pieced
together my 57 day adventure in Japan and on the Diamond Princess. I left LA for
Japan on 1/9. Got together with one cousin on each side of my family and a
missionary friend in Machida.
My cousin,Noriko, rented an apartment for me in Nishi Ogikubo.
Had a great time really seeing Tokyo and Yokohama for the first time. I visited Tokyo
once before in 1987 for 3 days.
Met Joy and Tomomi in Yokohama the evening of 1/18. Our cruise left Yokohama
Journey before quarantine
On Diamond Princess Cruise
Journey before COVID-19
Overall, the 15 day cruise was
fun. We visited Kagoshima first.
Saw Chiranchokori Samurai Village
After Kagoshima we went to Hong Kong,
Da Nang, Halong Bay, Taiwan and very
briefly in Naha, Okinawa.
Just before arriving in Okinawa, we got word about the Hong Kong man that spread corona virus
to our ship. We got to Naha about 12:30 p.m. Disembarkation was delayed.
First passengers off about 3:00 were those on excursions. Besides immigration, everyone had
their temperature taken. We got off the ship about 5:00 p.m. Took a taxi to town and only had
time to shop for a few things at Don Quijote and a drug store and have dinner.
Our captain told us that he was rushing to Yokohama because of the corona virus.
We arrived in Yokohama 2/3 instead of 2/4.
We were supposed to fly home 2/4. That day we were told we couldn’t disembark.
The ship docked on the starboard side (right).
Our cabin was on the port side. We had a beautiful view of Fuji-san, the Bay Bridge, etc. for a
little over a week. Japanese people in their boats and about 6 jet skiers with music came to
cheer us up.
Feb. 4 and 5, 2020
First email from Mr. Hank Iwamoto
On Feb 4, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Hank Iwamoto wrote:
Here is the update on Joy’s situation on her cruise in Southeast Asia.
Japan quarantined the cruise ship the Diamond Princess which Joy and her friend, Paula
Miura were passengers.
The ship arrived in Yokohama on Monday evening and was immediately quarantined after an elderly
passenger man on the ship was found infected with the Coronavirus when he disembarked in Hong
The Diamond Princess will be under quarantine until all 2,500 passengers and 1000 crew members
I am not sure what happens if any other person or persons are found to be infected with the virus.
Joy and Paula were scheduled to fly home today, but that’s not going to be happening.
Tune in for more information as it
——Hank My wife and I are supposed to leave in two weeks to South America, but as I told you,
right now, she is stuck on the cruise ship in Yokohama Bay with 3,700 passengers and crewes they
will be quarantined for 14 days.
If she doesn’t make it home in time, we will have to cancel our trip and maybe I would be able to attend
I will keep you in touch!
More updates from Joy.
Today there are at least 61 passengers on the Diamond Princess that tested positive for the
The passengers was supposed to stay in the cabins at all times,
but today they were allowed to leave their cabins for a hour to a designated area of the ship
and they had to wear masks. Joy, Paula and Tomomi decided not to leave their cabin, for safety
They are in a mini suite with a balcony with a view of Mt Fuji,
meals delivered to their cabin, two large TVs and a large bathtub, in which they been bathing
twice a day.
Joy said the Princess Cruise Line is taking good care of them.
They want to thank all of the people who were concerned and are grateful for all the prayers
that have been extended to them.
Subject: Re: updates?(Feb. 10)
Hi Emiko,Good morning!
Yes, it is our ship Diamond Princess.
As of today we have 135 tested for Coronavirus.
Today is our 7th days of our quarantined in our ship. We have 7 more days
We are required to take our temperature twice a day.
Our temperature have been very low so we are all doing well.
We are also allow to go out of our room one hour a day
but we decided to stay in our room for our safety.
Princess Cruise have been taken wonderful care of us.
I am looking forward to going home very soon!
To All My Family Members and Friends,
Update February 19, 2020
End of Quarantine and Disembark Process
Based on information provided by the embassies directly to their citizens, they will
also require an ADDITIONAL 14 days of quarantine upon arrival in their country of
origin. A negative COVID-19 test following this quarantine will be required before
being allowed to travel to their final destination
According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, the disembark process for those
individuals who are not are not taking government reparation flights (Joy, Paula
will start today. The disembark process will be undertaken over several
consecutive days, since they will be tested, and the testing and results require 2 to
3 days to complete. A certificate that indicates a negative COVID-19 test result is
expected to be granted by the Japanese health authorities to exit the ship.
A serendipity ocean cruise,
Sunshine, waves and suntan lotion,
An unwanted foe appears.
Pandemonium, too many
Lockup, silence and fear,
Waiting and waiting,
Sickness and death.
Waiting for release,
City life from the window,
Fresh air and fresh coffee
Alas, normal life
A sip of tea in a China cup,
Scones and cakes and much delights,
A lovely gift from the Princess.
Royal libations abound,
Comforts of a Queen,
Again, remembered by the Princess.
To be continued........
For Valentines’ Day we received gifts from Princess and Japanese businesses.
発症日別COVID-19確定症例報告数（n = 151）
Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with reported onset dates, by onset date,
aboard Diamond Princess, 6 – 17 February 2020 (n=151)
From National Institute of Infectious Disease
診療所訪問日別発熱患者数（n = 79）
Febrile Patients, by date of clinic visit, Diamond Princess
clinic, 19 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 (n=79)
Picture taken from Cruise ship by Ms. Paula Miura
Princess fed us too much food.
More than we could ever eat. We barely
finished breakfast and lunch already
We were given menus for lunch and dinner
to pick our main course.
We were able to disembark on 2/20. Princess
paid for 2 nights, all expenses paid at Palace
Hotel in Tokyo. I could see the Imperial Palace
grounds from my room.
From the Palace Hotel, we went to Shinjuju
Washington Hotel Main for the balance of our
stay. We had a great view of the start of the
Tokyo Marathon. We flew home 3/6.
Message from Ms. Miiura after coming back to US
US Government interfered 2 days before 14 day quarantine was over and any lab tests were
received. At that point, only those 70 years old and over and their cabin mates were tested.
There were 3 of us (Joy, Tomomi, me) in a mini-suite with balcony. We were tested 1/15 by the
Japanese Self Defense Force because Joy is 70+. We planned to decline evacuation on 2 US
Mingling with > 350 untested (or some lab tested waiting for result) Americans on charter flight
Also, 230 Chinese from Wuhan were quarantined at Travis.
Taking the chartered jets to USAFBs would have required another minimum 14 day
quarantine. We had a good chance of being infected. Also, Tomomi wasn’t allowed to go with us
because she is a Japanese citizen with a green card.
Those taking the charters had to wait over 5 1/2 hours on buses in the parking lot (2/16) outside
our cabin. No toilet, water or food in the bus or charter. One bus had to pull up to the port
terminal for a restroom break.
The US Government tried to threaten Americans.....”If you refuse to go on charter, you will not be
allowed to return after quarantine even after receiving negative lab results.” We were prepared to
stay an additional 14+ days in a Japanese hotel.
An American doctor in hazmat suit came to our door at midnight (2/17) to make sure we weren't
leaving the ship. I told him that we weren't leaving because we didn't want to be exposed to the
virus. Most were Americans that were not lab tested. He said "Smart move", thumbs up. Verified
that we made the right decision.
Later we got word that 14 Americans on the charter to USA had corona virus.
Japanese Government rushed lab test results to US before Americans boarded the charters.
They exposed everyone on the buses and charters. US took CV positive Americans anyway.
Only a sheet separated the sick from healthy. More Americans caught CV because of some idiots
making stupid decisions.
The 10 buses with curtains closed finally left on 1/17 about 1:45 a.m. Reminded me of when our
families was evacuated from California during WWII.
Curtains were closed. US chartered 2 Russian planes with no windows.
They were taken to 3 US AFBs for a minimum of 14 days. Time resets with each new CV.
I’m fine now. Came back mentally and physically exhausted. Never dreamed I’d be
gone 57 days. It was quite an ordeal. Came back to 10 large bags of mail to go through.
To be honest, if I were rich, I’d go back to Tokyo until the craziness here dies
down. Japan is so clean. There is no hoarding. Stores and supermarkets are fully
stocked. Restaurants are open.
Once I got off the ship, I averaged 15,000 steps or over most days. Even though some
museums, Tokyo Disney, etc, were closed, there were so many other places to
see. Enjoyed the Tora-san Museum, Nihon Minka-en, Ueno Park & Zoo, Kappabashi
Kitchenware Town, etc. Everyday, I would go somewhere different.
Loved being out in the fresh air.
Earlier message from Ms. Miura
• Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Iwamoto, Ms. Miura
for sharing your journey in the cruise ship and
• Dear friends and families, we are still fighting
with COVID-19, please stay healthy and happy.
The Terasaki Nibei Foundation