Not Forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s Gift Of Origami Cranes







Not forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s gift of origami cranesNagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue received a surprise gift from outgoing U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy--two origami paper cranes folded by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Taue visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Jan. 6, and was clearly touched by Obama's gesture.


Kennedy's stint as America's representative in Japan will end with the expected arrival of businessman William Hagerty, president-elect Donald Trump's pick as her replacement.

Obama presented four paper cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum during his historic visit to Hiroshima in May, making him the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city leveled by atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama also folded two other cranes for Nagasaki and gave those to Kennedy in November.

Obama also included a message to Nagasaki that read in part, "We have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history."

Taue visited the embassy to ask Kennedy to pass on to Obama his gratitude for the rising momentum toward nuclear disarmament as well as the hope that he will one day visit Nagasaki, too.

Meanwhile, Akitoshi Nakamura, the director of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, received a new year's greeting from Kennedy that included a photo of her and Obama practicing their origami skills to fold the cranes.

The message from Obama as well as the cranes will be on display at the museum from Jan. 7 until the end of March.