Three new paper cranes will soon be added to the Sadako Crane Exhibit in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The exhibit recently welcomed the cranes, which were folded by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie and a former navy man named Tajiri, who was a member of the squadron that attacked Pearl Harbor.
The visitor center features the story of Sadako Sasaki and a crane she folded before she died. Information about America’s postwar efforts in Japan is included in the exhibit panels.
Sadako’s nephew, Yuji Sasaki, presented 1,000 paper cranes, plus the three additional cranes, to National Park Service Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell in an informal ceremony on Jan. 7. The ceremony was presided over Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and was attended by first lady of Hawai‘i Dawn Amano-Ige.