The Lord Works In Mysterious Ways: Japanese College Student Finds Her Family Alive On YouTube

- By Bossip Staff

Talk about Divine Intervention…

Riverside, California (CNN) — Akiko Kosaka, a student from Japan attending the University of California at Riverside, had lost all hope for her family in Minami Sanriku, the fishing village where more than half of the 17,000 residents are missing and feared dead in the aftermath of last week’s tsunami.

For three days, she scoured the Internet. She received one e-mail that her youngest sister, Yukako, 13, was likely safe in her middle school’s shelter. But what about her parents, paternal grandparents and older sister, who all lived under the same roof?

When the mayor was quoted in the media as saying he barely survived the tsunami, Kosaka thought the worst, because her father’s pharmacy was located near the town hall.

“I didn’t think they survived,” Kosaka, 20, told CNN during a tearful interview Tuesday. “I cried for three days — Friday, Saturday, Sunday.”

Then she received word Sunday night from a friend in Japan of the existence of a 45-second YouTube video showing her family home as the only one standing amid the rubble. The video highlighted her older sister holding a sign to a TV news crew saying in Japanese “we are all safe.”
Kosaka expressed relief upon hearing of the video, but became distraught after she couldn’t find it online, despite staying up all night looking for it.

Then a contact through a Japanese social network e-mailed her the link Monday morning.

When seeing the video for the first time inside the home of her host family in Riverside, California, Kosaka’s reaction surprised everyone in the household.

“I screamed, and my host parents woke up and they thought it was really bad,” Kosaka said. “They asked what happened. And I said, ‘They survived!'”

People blame technology and the internet of a lot of the ills of society nowadays, but this is an instance where technology is the probably the coolest. Thing. Ever.


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  • fa

    rest in peace nate dogg

  • MacMoon

    This is good for her.
    Oh and @msbliss…the word is REFRAIN!

  • *MrsTrevino*

    Praise the lord! I got teary eyed reading this one.

  • if anything be noble

    Praise GOD @ “we are all safe”! —I thank You FOR her, Lord…. If she never does, I DO!!!

  • fabwtalk

    God bless them all.

  • Magicalme

    im soooo happy for her

  • Nola

    Tears came to my eyes, I know how she feels. When I was in Dallas, I feared my parents died in Katrina. Didn’t talk to them for 5 days. They were rescued off the roof. When I heard my moms voice on the phone I screamed in joy. What a feeling, and how scary. Thank GOD for the miracles inspite of the misery, and hurt. There is always something to smile about, no matter the circumstances.

  • Sally

    My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
    . Thank GOD for the miracles inspite of the misery, and hurt. There is always something to smile about, no matter the circumstances.

  • JustAshley

    I’m happy for her. 🙂

  • veryfunny

    Awwwwwww!good for her,she must have almost had cardiac arrest trying to know if her family were still alive.

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