A Japanese teenager expressed her gratitude in September 2011 after a U.S. Sailor in Hawaii found a bottle she had tossed into the sea off Japan’s southern coast nearly six years ago.
Saki Arikawa, 17 at the time of the find, said she had almost forgotten about the bottle and initially couldn’t believe it was recovered.
“It’s a miracle,” she said from her hometown in Kagoshima.
Navy Petty Officer Jon Moore discovered the clear glass bottle during a beach cleanup at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai island. The bottle contained four origami cranes — symbols of peace in Japan — as well as a photo of Arikawa’s elementary school class and a note dated March 25, 2006, and signed by Arikawa saying she wanted it to be “a graduation memory.” The Associated Press