日本での一年間

February 21, 2011

Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument

Filed under: Chuugoku, Domestic, Trips — Tags: , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 3:54 am

Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She was about 1 mile away from the hypocenter during the blast, but did not sustain any injuries. However, ten years later when she was 12 years old, she suddenly became sick and was diagnosed with leukemia. Her family was told she would die within a year. While she was in the hospital, she started to fold paper crane because there is an old belief that you may be granted one wish of you fold 1000 paper cranes. According to the Hiroshima peace memorial, she completed her goal, but according to a book about her life, she never had enough paper to complete all the cranes. Sadako passed away 8 months after being diagnosed with leukemia.

After her death, her classmates started to raise money for a memorial. The Children’s Peace Memorial (原爆の子の像) was completed in 1958. Everyday, people bring thousands and thousands of paper cranes from all over the world to be placed at the memorial.

Sasaki Sadako

Sadako sits atop the memorial, holding a paper crane.

Crane Cases

Cases filled with paper cranes.

Kurashiki cranes

Cranes brought from Kurashiki, Japan. They wrote peace in green cranes.

middle school, elementary school students

Cranes made by middle school students and elementary school students.

cranes

Children's call for world peace. If you pray for it, it will come?

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3 Comments »

  1. I love how Japan is the only country in the world on that one globe. LOL.

    Comment by reccaphoenix — February 22, 2011 @ 2:28 am

    • Haha. I hadn’t noticed that. Good catch.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — February 22, 2011 @ 11:51 pm


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