Japanese owner of lost camera to visit school of finder Friday

Taipei, The owner of a camera lost in waters off Japan's Ishigaki Island two years ago and discovered recently by a student on a beach in Yilan, northeast Taiwan, is expected to visit the student's school Friday to express her thanks and take part in a beach cleaning activity.

Ho Chao-en (???), a fifth grader from Yilan County's Yueming Elementary School, found the camera March 27 during a beach cleanup with his classmates in Yilan's Su'ao Township.

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.

With the help of netizens across the internet, Serina Tsubakihara, a university student in Tokyo, was quickly found.

According to Lee's Facebook post, Tsubakihara will visit the school at 10 a.m. Friday to meet with teachers and students.

After meeting the students, she will be taken to the beach where the camera was found from 11:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., Lee noted, adding that she will also participate in beach cleaning activities.

Tsubakihara will have lunch with the students at noon, followed by a dinner event at 6:00 p.m. with dishes prepared by local families, Lee said.

Lee welcomes all who want to join the festivities to bring a dish big enough for about 30 people to share, while reminding people who wish to attend to be environmentally friendly and "please bring your own bowls, chopsticks and cups."

The school hopes that through this event, more people will take an interest in protecting the ocean and taking care of beaches.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel