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October 04, 2013


Photo: Dana James and Patricia Coleman
Dana James and Patricia Coleman

Mr. Ishiyama

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When Dana James and Patricia Coleman got married, they had little money to spend on their honeymoon, but Dana worked for an airline and his job came with a perk: discounted first-class tickets. So they flew across Asia, stopping in different cities, and on one flight met a friendly man from Japan who would make their trip unforgettable.

The man, George Ishiyama, invited them to visit him in Japan. And although they didn’t plan on it, the couple wound up there. The generous honeymoon present they got from Mr. Ishiyama surprised them and confused them. They wondered: Why would someone be so kind to two strangers?

The original version of this story aired May 29, 2009.

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