Tokyo, The Japanese university student owner of a camera lost at sea more than two years ago and recently found on a beach in eastern Taiwan’s Yilan County plans to visit Taiwan in June to thank the finders in person.
Serina Tsubakihara posted a message in Japanese and English on her Facebook page late Wednesday in response to the news that her camera had been found by a group of fifth graders from Yueming Elementary School.
In her message, she explained that she went scuba diving with friends off Ishigaki Island during the summer of 2015, and while underwater accidentally let go of her camera which floated away.
Although Tsubakihara soon stopped searching for her camera, tens of thousands of netizens were looking for her earlier this week.
Park Lee (???), the homeroom teacher of the students who found the camera during a routine beach cleanup, posted a message on his Facebook page and some photos from the camera on Tuesday looking for its owner.
Because the class inferred from the photos that the owner was probably Japanese, Lee asked a friend to translate the message into Japanese to reach as many people as possible.
The post quickly went viral and was shared about 12,000 times on the social media platform, with Taiwan’s Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (???) even posting about the camera on his own page.
Tsubakihara, a student at Sophia University in Tokyo, said that she plans to travel to Taiwan in June to thank Lee and his students in person and is counting down the days until her trip.
She is incredibly impressed that the camera, a black Canon PowerShot G12, seems to still work after all this time at sea and is grateful for everyone’s help.
Ho Chao-en (???), the fifth grader who found the camera, was impressed by how fast they found its owner.
He told reporters that he had expected the search to take a year and cannot believe the power of the Internet.
Ho is not asking for anything in return for the camera, saying that all he wants is to return it to its owner.
Coincidentally, Ho is among six students from the school who will be visiting Ishigaki for a rowing exchange on May 2.
Renowned for rowing, Yueming Elementary School regularly conducts exchanges with school on Ishigaki Island, which is located 234 kilometers from Yilan’s Su’ao Township.
Upon hearing the news, Tsubakihara said in an interview that she would like to meet them on the island in May and will contact Lee to confirm details of their trip.
Many netizens from Taiwan and Japan have praised the teacher and students for their kind-hearted efforts to return the camera to its rightful owner as this heart-warming story comes to a close.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel