Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Peace in Hiroshima by GothicaDollParts Peace in Hiroshima by GothicaDollParts
Taken from: [link]

The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace in recent years as a result of it's connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943. Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, "the atom bomb" disease.
Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.

The point is that she never gave up. She continued to make paper cranes until she died.
Inspired by her courage and strength, Sadako's friends and classmates put together a book of her letters and published it. They began to dream of building a monument to Sadako and all of the children killed by the atom bomb. Young people all over Japan helped collect money for the project.

In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. The children also made a wish which is inscribed at the bottom of the statue and reads:

"This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world".

Today, people all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako's monument in Hiroshima.
Add a Comment:
UreshiIchigo Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Your words, the story, and the picture made me cry. It's really important that there are monuments like this in the world to show us what is good and what's bad. To make us think. I'm really grateful for the work of people to change the world, and bring upon a new hope.
Really beatiful, and thanks for sharing.
CAIROLOL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
It's such a tragic story...
Our school had done a performance dedicated to that story, and even sent cranes too ^^
GothicaDollParts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
It is sad, I wish there was more peace in this world.
CAIROLOL Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
:( humans don't even realise that if they keep on killing each other, eventually there'll be nothing left...let's hope for more peace ^^
CoccaOn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
i took a similar shot when i went to hiroshima!!
Tokaebi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Student
That park is breathtaking. Nice pic!
yaoiisanamazingting Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
i read about her once.she is the most inspiring person i know.shes rightup there with martin lutherking.
suck--my-kiss Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
:) lovely
what are paper cranes though? like the photo its so colourful xx
GothicaDollParts Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
The paper cranes represent peace!
suck--my-kiss Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
GothicaDollParts Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Thanks :)
Ashie-mei Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007   Photographer
Its a moving story. thankyou
Anonymous0f4chan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
brain-damage Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
wow..I never seen so many colours like in this one
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
September 18, 2005
Image Size
1.1 MB


45 (who?)

Camera Data