Everyday Obama, Japan.
An essay about this little town with its special name, that for a while placed this unremarkable place differently on the map.
The city's mascot is a cat wearing a mackerel in her tummy bag.

Japan Times 2013:
“The mayor of Obama, Fukui Prefecture, has asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to give a lacquered pen to U.S. President Barack Obama as a gift for his second inauguration. Abe will present the red lacquered pen, a local specialty, and a letter from Mayor Koji Matsuzaki when he holds a summit with Obama in Washington next week. Meeting with Abe in Tokyo on Thursday, Matsuzaki also gave the prime minister a pen, but in a different color. “I want (them) to write a line in the new diplomatic history of Japan and the United States,” the mayor told reporters after the meeting in Abe’s office. “I hope our pens will be used when they sign signatures or something.” When Obama became president in 2009, the city sent lacquered chopsticks to him to congratulate him on his inauguration and received a thank-you letter in return.”
2014 
photography

unpublished

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