Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata has returned an official pennant of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) following his six month trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
To celebrate the occasion Hiraoka Eisuke, executive director of the JOC, and Kubo Hanae, a Japanese ice hockey player who represented the nation at Sochi 2014, met with Wakata at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Tokyo to participate in a memorabilia transition ceremony.
During the ceremony, a video summarising Wakata's 188 days at the ISS was screened before the man himself was greeted by Eisuke and Hanae.
Wakata then returned the JOC pennant to the pair along with a space flight certificate and souvenir memorabilia.
"We were many times over Sochi, where I was cheering from the sky," said Wakata.
Eisuke added: "I heard you cheering from space and I am thankful.
"What we left you is a good performance at the Sochi Games."
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