Taipei, The Japanese owner of a camera that she lost in waters off Japan's Ishigaki Island and was discovered two years later on a beach on Taiwan's northeast coast in Yilan, will visit Taiwan before the end of the month to recover her property.
Serina Tsubakihara, a university student in Tokyo, had planned to visit in June to collect her camera and meet the student from Yilan County's Yueming Elementary School who found the camera during a beach cleanup last month.
Thanks to a travel agent's funding, Tsubakihara has been able to advance the date of her departure to April 27, Yueming principal Huang Chien-jung (???) told CNA Tuesday.
The day after her arrival, Tsubakihara will head to Yueming to meet and thank the teacher and students who found her camera, Huang said.
Ho Chao-en (???), a fifth grader at Yueming, found the camera March 27 during a beach cleanup with his classmates in Yilan's Su'ao Township.
He told Tsubakihara during a video call Friday that when he first saw the case that the camera was in, he thought it was just an old plastic box and was thinking of throwing it in with the other trash he had picked up.
Upon further inspection, however, he saw that it was actually a seaweed-covered, waterproof camera case with a functional camera inside, Ho said.
That was when the search for the owner began, with Ho's homeroom teacher Park Lee (???) posting a message on his Facebook page with a few carefully selected photos from the camera to see if the owner could be located.
The search took a mere one day to complete, with Tsubakihara contacting Lee to say she lost the camera while diving off Ishigaki, 234 kilometers from Su'ao, in the summer of 2015.
This story of the camera and the search for its owner has been widely reported by Taiwanese and Japanese media outlets.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel