I definitely hugged my family a little tighter this weekend. I feel so horrible about what's happening in Japan right now and so helpless. As some of you know, my husbands family is Japanese. With the exception of his Mom, all of his releatives currently live in Japan. On the day of the earthquake, I was able to get in touch with his cousins and find out that they were okay. Later that evening, we got word that his Uncle and his family were all doing okay. We've been unable to contact his other cousin. He's a monk in Soma, Fukushima and lives there with his wife at a temple near the shore. They're an elderly couple and were SO wonderful to us when we went to visit them a short nine months ago. Their home and temple are very close to the epicenter of the quake and right where the tsunami hit hardest. They are currently missing and their whole town is under water. It would be a miracle if they are still alive, but miracles can happen, right? My husband spent the whole weekend trying to get information about the current condition of the town and posting a missing person report for Ryoin and Tei Watanabe.
If you're trying to get a hold of anyone in Japan, you can search for them or file a missing person report right here. (I'm sure that there are many other sites also, but this is what we've been using)