First of all, I am so blessed that so many of you have sent me prayers for my families and friends in Japan since last Friday, the magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Tohoku area, the northeast part of main land.
The hardest part of living far away from my entire family for me has been to deal with the fear about possible natural disaster like this earthquake that resulted in thousands of people's death. Most of my family and relatives live in a prefecture called Gunma which is located in in the middle of the main land where the effect from the earthquake was minimum, although my dad said it was the most massive earthquake he's ever experienced in his entire life. They are all safe though. Just a few things fell from the wall, that's all. Most of my friends live in the same prefecture, Gunma, and Tokyo, so I am just blessed that they are safe for now.
I do have a couple of friends in the area that was heavily affected by the earthquake. Thank goodness for the Internet. I found that they are safe on their friends' comments on their Facebook pages. I'm just keeping my fingers tightly crossed that they have a safe place to stay and have enough food to eat and they will be recovered from the disaster very soon. I have a friend whose relative's house was wiped away (people are safe). Another friend of mine has relatives missing in Fukushima.
I'm in pain thinking of people in Tohoku area, possible nuclear meltdown, and possible second powerful quake that could hit Tokyo. Please pray for everyone in Japan that aftermaths effect from the earthquake will be very minimum.
If you have family and friends in the area that you have not been able to confirm safety of, you can use this Google Person Finder. If you don't know their names in Japanese characters, please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to guess the characters in case that might help you find them effectively.
I'd like to do something to raise money to help victims for the Japan earthquake victims. Here is a link to several organizations where you can donate directly using paypal. For those of you who have donated for the victims in any way, please leave a comment (a single comment per person please) to win a copy of Suzuko Koseki's new book Natural Patchwork that will be released next month or the Spring/summer issue of Stitch magazine that will also be available next month. I'll announce two winners of Natural Patchwork and one winner of Stitch Magazine on Next Monday, March 21st.
Thank you again for your prayers. I am so blessed.