In case you are not familiar about the story of 1,000 paper cranes, I'll tell you now in short. There was a Japanese girl called Sadako who got exposed to the Hiroshima atomic bomb at the age of two and developed leukemia ten years later. After hearing of a Japanese legend that promises anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish, Sadako started folding paper cranes at the hospital so she could have a wish to survive. She eventually died, but her classmates built a monument for her and other Hiroshima children who died from the atomic bomb. This story inspired people from all over the world, including us at Willowbrook, to contribute 1,000 in prayers for world peace.
There I was, at Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. There are glass stalls behind Sadako's monument where people hung paper cranes.
|Our paper cranes are made of magazine paper.|
Not as bright as some others but recycled material.
Here are some of other paper cranes that I saw in the stalls at the park.
|"Praying that there will be a peaceful world|
without wars or nuclear weapons"
By a grade school in Osaka.
After visiting the Children's Peace Monument, I toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It's hard to visit there without being emotional, but it is a must see. There, I saw some of the actual paper cranes that Sadako folded.
|Some are very tiny, and she used a needle to fold.|