Sadako Sasaki was two years old when Hiroshima was bombed. Ten years later, she contracted leukemia which had commonly become known by the Japanese as the “Atom Bomb Disease”, a disease for which there was no known cure. While hospitalized, Sadako’s closest friend reminded her of an ancient Japanese legend; if she folded a thousand paper cranes, the Gods might grant her wish to live. Although she did not reach her goal of 1000 cranes, her struggle for life and her dedication to peace inspired her classmates to construct a Peace Statue for all children who were victims of the atomic bombing of Japan. This statue, completed in 1958, stands in the Peace Park in Hiroshima with the inscription, “This is our cry. This is our prayer. To create peace in the world.
We will be folding and displaying 1000 cranes. Come join Shino Yoneda as she teaches you how to fold your own crane which you can add to our project or take home as your own messenger of Peace