Yesterday, a blogger named Frances wrote a comment asking me for help in contacting some loved ones in Sendai.
“I am trying to locate my Japanese relates in Sendai. Please ask your family if they know them and if they have any information. My uncle is Masatoshi Suzuki, cousin's name is Masataka Suzuki and lives at 2-22-22 Miyaginoku Saiwaicho Sendai. My great aunt lived at 191 Higashi Hachibancho. Her name is Kiyako Kihriyama. I would appreciate anything they can tell me. Was that street destroyed, anything. My mother is frantic. Thank you so much if you can help!
I sent a letter 6 days ago, do you know if they are getting mail, and what are they doing with it if the house is gone?”
I had no idea how to do that since Sendai is such a large city. There are higher and lower elevations there and we were just lucky that our relatives live in a higher area away from the tsunami devastation. We were able to reach them by phone and now can also occasionally write to them by e-mail. They themselves are also still wondering if all their friends are all right in other parts of the city.
Then I remembered a comment I got soon after the tsunami struck from South Lakes Mom. Her blog is called I didn't know THAT!
"Kay, I just found a website where you can interact to see if you can locate your family members in Japan.
It was in Japanese so I called my mother to read the instruction. I checked out one of the names that Frances gave me and came up with some information. What a surprise! I'm not positive it's the right person. However, the name she gave me that I typed in showed the address she also included so I'm hoping it's a match!
This morning, I got another e-mail from Frances:
"Thank you so much!! I appreciate it and any other info you can provide. Thank you, thank you!"
If you have another Person-Finder site I can post, please let me know.
Isn't blogging amazing?
POSTSCRIPT: I just got this message from my Sendai cousin, Masako:
I don’t know the person named Masatoshi Suzuki, but I know the areas such as
Saiwaicho, Miyaginoku and Higashi Hachibancho. Both areas are near the center of Sendai. They are not near the coastal areas, and so are not destroyed by the tsunami. I think she doesn’t need to worry so much.
I was very busy at work at the end and the beginning of the month. But, on Sunday, I may be able to go out to find the house 2-22-22 Miyaginoku, Saiwaicho.