Message in a Bottle From Japan Arrived In Hawaii After 37 Long Years

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A message in a bottle that was released into the sea 37 years ago by high school students in Japan has been discovered on the island of Hawaii, which is about 6,000km away.

Students of the natural science club at Choshi High School in the eastern prefecture of Chiba released the bottle in 1984 as part of a project to study ocean currents, the Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported.

750 bottles were released into the ocean near Tokyo’s Miyakejima Island in 1984 and 1985.

The most recent was found in 2002 on Kikaijima Island in southwest Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture. Then in June, nine-year-old Abbie Graham found the bottle on a beach in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Inside were contact forms in Japanese, English, and Portuguese explaining it had been released off the coast of Choshi, and requesting the finder to communicate with the school.

Abbie sent the contact forms to Choshi High School, along with a drawing of her and her sister eating sushi, in early September.

Vice-principal Jun Hayashi said at a meeting on 15 September: “We thought the last one was found in Kikaijima. We never imagined another would be found 37 years on.”

Since 1985, bottles released by the school have been found in 17 places including Okinawa, the Philippines, China, and the west coast of the US.

Mayumi Kanda, 54, a member of the natural science club in 1984, said: “I was surprised, it revived nostalgic memories of my high school days. I thank those involved.”

Abbie also loved the experience. She told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: “I want to go look to find another one”.

How cool is this after spending 37 long years at sea, the bottle finally arrived on land, and for the people who originally released the bottle back then, the bottle arrived after half of their life has been spent.

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