Two tsunami support groups and the fish market based in the small fishing port the city ofIshinomaki
, located in Miyagi prefecture, have been receiving gold bars through the mail. The bars started appearing from February 10.
So far, International Business Times
reports, the three groups have received 4.4 pounds of gold each, in the form of bars. In total the value of the gold is estimated to be around $250,000.
Ishinomaki was among the most seriously affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake which hit Japan on March 11, 2011
. The earthquake triggered a tsunami, which killed almost 19,000 people, left countless more homeless, and triggered the major nuclear accident at Fukushima
The gold has been sent anonymously through the standard mail service. There is no hint, as yet, to the donor's identity, Japan Today
reports. There are no messages and no return addresses on any of the packages; although the parcels, the BBC notes
, appear to have been sent from the north-western city of Nagano.