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One Thousand Paper Cranes

One Thousand Paper Cranes

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WW2: True story of a girl who followed a Japanese legend that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted

  • ISBN: 978-0440228431
  • Genre: Childrens

What you need to know before your trail

“The inspirational story of the Japanese national campaign to build the Children’s Peace Statue honouring Sadako and hundreds of other children who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima. Ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki died as a result of atomic bomb disease. Sadako’s determination to fold one thousand paper cranes and her courageous struggle with her illness inspired her classmates.

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Her wish was simply to live. In this retelling of her story, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any more, and died on the morning of 25 October 1955. Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes, which were buried with Sadako.

In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Genbaku Dome, and installed in the Hiroshima Peace Park.

At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.” Every year on Obon Day, which is a holiday in Japan to remember the departed spirits of one’s ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue.

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A) Japan - Hiroshima - Sadako statue
A) Japan - Hiroshima - Sadako statue

Booktrail Boarding Pass: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Destination: Hiroshima, Japan  Author/Guide: Takeyuki Ishii  Departure Time:WW2

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