In 1784 a Japanese ship sailing to find a buried treasure on a Pacific island crashed into a coral reef and the sailors found refuge on a neighbouring island. Due to the limited food and fresh water supply, the crew soon began to die from dehydration and starvation. One of the sailors, Chunosuke Matsuyama, managed to carve a message about the shipwreck onto thin pieces of wood from a coconut tree and then insert it into a bottle and threw it in the ocean.
The bottle was found in 1935, 151 years after the ship had sank by a Japanese seaweed collector. Amazingly, it was washed ashore in the village of Hiraturemura where Matsuyama was born.