Man from Taiwan collecting smiles for tsunami victims

Japan smiles

Japan smiles

Terry Chung, a Taiwanese man, is travelling around Japan and is “collecting smiles” for the victims affected by the violent earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast of the country two years ago.

Chung, who lives in Taichung in central Taiwan, arrived at Harajuku Station in Tokyo on Saturday. He displayed a sign explaining his campaign and started to play one of his ukuleles to draw people’s attention.

During that day, he managed to collect 60 smiles with his camera. It is the largest number of smiles gathered during one day since he started his campaign in April, according to the international press.

The 32-year-old man said he just wanted to do something for the people living in the tsunami-hit areas and that he wants those people to regain their smiles after their life was affected by the natural disaster.

Chung is hitchhiking around Japan and said that although he sometimes had troubles communicating with locals, the Japanese people proved to be generous and helped him with his campaign.

However, Chung said that due to the fact that Japanese people tend to be shy, his campaign in Japan is more difficult in comparison with similar ones he has done in Australia and New Zealand, where he tried to collect 1,000  smiles each for cancer patients and people hit by the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011, respectively.

Besides traveling on the road, Chung also conducts his “smile for Japan” online through several social media websites, including Facebook and Google+, which can be found using the keywords “Terry” and “ukulele.”

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