The Lost Bag
In my neighborhood, there is a street lined with small shops, where, almost on a daily basis, you can see all kinds of notices, such as new shop opening, job recruitment, clearance sales, and property transfers. Very few shops remain open for over two years. However, in Tokyo, there is a shop called Uchiyama Candy Shop that has been operating for five decades, and the shop owner Mr. Uchiyama has reached an advanced age of 90 and still runs the business.
Due to his age, Mr. Uchiyama considered closing this candy shop two years back. However, he claims that just because of a bag left behind by a customer yet to be claimed, the shop is still open.
In all likelihood, the owner of the bag was just a passerby, who has gone somewhere far away, and will never be back. Moreover, it is likely that there is nothing valuable inside the bag, and it would hardly matter even if it was lost. Yet Mr. Uchiyama holds a different view. He thinks, since the owner was a guest to his shop, he should be fully accountable for it.
Recently, a Japanese news website posted photos of Mr. Uchiyama and the shop online, hoping to find the owner of the bag; thus, we got to learn about the shop, even if it doesn’t sell candies any more.
If you have left something in some corner of the world, it could still be there, waiting for you. In a middle school located in a southern county of China, the school principal had taken care of a briefcase with a combination lock that was left behind by a job applicant over 20 years ago.
Back then, mobile phones were not yet common, and the only clue was the name of the owner. After many fruitless attempts to reach the applicant, the principal thought of handing the briefcase over to the police station, but later he changed his mind, as he felt the police wouldn’t accept such a trivial matter, so he decided to safeguard the briefcase himself, just in case the owner came back to look for it someday.
Over the past 20 years, the school changed its name and split and merged three times, and the school dormitory was also relocated three times, but the briefcase was always kept in the school’s archives. Whenever the school needed to be relocated and was faced with a heavy workload, someone
would always suggest, “This briefcase has been here for so long, yet no one ever showed up to claim it, so it must be valueless. Why don’t we just throw it away?”
The principal replied, “No. I don’t know whether it is of value or not, but when he came to attend the interview, he took out his certificates of honor from the briefcase, so I believe it should be meaningful to him.”
At the occasional gathering, where the attendees were not familiar with each other, the principal would chat with the person next to him out of courtesy.
“I have a senior schoolmate who once applied for a position of your school many years ago.” said that person.
Over the years, countless candidates had applied for jobs at the school, yet unexpectedly, the principal blurted out, “Is his name XXX?”
“Do you know him?” said that person, feeling surprised.
The principal told the whole story, and, finally, the mystery was solved.
A few days later, in the principal’s office, the owner unlocked his briefcase, and it turned out that the password of the lock wasn’t set.
In fact, seemingly hopeless waiting has its own significance. At every moment, it may remind you of the days of the past, as if experiencing the return of an old friend.
(From Tonight News paper, November 28th, 2016. Translated: Zhu Yaguang)
这些年有多少前来应聘的人啊，校长竟脱口而出：“是不是叫 XXX ？”对方奇怪：“你认识他？”校长说出原委，果然对上了号。几天后，在校长室里，失主直接打开密码箱，原来根本没设密码。
（摘自《今晚报》2016年 11 月 28日）