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9:14 am - 12/14/2012

Man Leaves Box of Fish at Japanese Orphanage


Just a few weeks after the heartwarming story of an evil villain donating backpacks to a Japanese orphanage, comes another tale of anonymous Japanese winter philanthropy, this time from Toyama prefecture.

At around 2:30 pm on December 8, a female staff member at an orphanage in Takaoka city noticed a man pulling up in a white vehicle and placing three large boxes, two styrofoam and one cardboard, at the base of a telephone pole near the entrance. The man, who seemed to be in his 30s, beckoned the staff member over with his hand and, without saying anything, left the boxes and drove off.

In the cardboard box were five daikon, or Japanese radishes. In the styrofoam boxes were two large, plump yellowtail, accompanied by a letter that read: “The men of the ocean have braved billowing waves, putting their lives on the line for these kan-buri (winter yellowtail).” The letter was signed: “Yours truly  A Man Who Loves the Ocean”.

At first, vegetables and fish may seem like a rather strange combination to leave outside an orphanage, but the man had actually gifted the children with a luxurious winter feast: winter yellowtail are a major seasonal delicacy that normally sell for anywhere between 30-40,000 yen ($350-$480) a fish. 

The daikon radish were left to be either sliced and used in buri daikon, or grated into daikon oroshi and enjoyed with as a topping if they chose to grill the yellowtail or prepare it as sashimi.

The sea-loving stranger even left an envelope containing a 10,000 yen bill, worth around $120 US, to be used for hiring a local chef to prepare the fish.

The orphans burst into excitement upon seeing seeing the two large fish, which were measured to be 1 meter (3.2 feet) long and weigh 8 and 10 kg (17.6 & 22 lbs) each. And it wasn’t just the size of the fish that got the children worked up: the kids knew what was in store as the orphanage received a similar gift of yellowtail from a mysterious “man of the ocean” last year as well. 

If you thought it couldn’t get any more heartwarming, the local fish dealer offered to prepare the yellowtail for the orphans free of charge and on December 8 and 9, the children feasted on sashimi and grilled yellowtail—with grated daikon, of course.


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stole_away 14th-Dec-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
that's so sweet of the man. ;A;

It is the holiday season afterall, I am happy to see that at least the kids in the orphanage have something good to eat :)
kat_desu 14th-Dec-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Awwww! <33333
helenmaldon 14th-Dec-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
kame09 14th-Dec-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
lolufailhard 14th-Dec-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm gonna cry. so cute. :')
ocha_suki 14th-Dec-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
this somehow made me shed my tears *of joys of course ^^*
1111_am 14th-Dec-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
This is so sweet.

That said, I hate how much of a skeptic I can be and my lack of faith in some people. Tbh if I had been one of the staff working there or one of the kids I'd be paranoid that something was wrong with the food :(
jeugd1 14th-Dec-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
I would have been paranoid too if fish was left at were I was working
chesutoberry 14th-Dec-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
neen_chan 14th-Dec-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
I read the comments afterwards.. only thing I was saying out loud was " OMG, am not crazy!" I was thinking Ohno throughout all of this.. Arashians, Arashians everywhere.
yuui1010 14th-Dec-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
This is ....... humanity haven't lost.
winds_daichi 14th-Dec-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I actually shed a tear over here. It's so nice to know that people care during the Holidays. ^.^ Bless you sir.
hatachi20 14th-Dec-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
Heartwarming, indeed!
kerplunk 14th-Dec-2012 08:21 am (UTC)
faith in humanity restored, people are so good sometimes :)
rosemaine 14th-Dec-2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I got teary eyes from reading this
le_stupidkid 14th-Dec-2012 09:10 am (UTC)
awww so sweet~~~ ;; i feel happy for the kids and the man was so nice >
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