Peace Traditions: Japanese Peace Cranes

“Peace Crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world” (Sadako Sasaki, age 12)

A Japanese legend asserts that folding 1,000 paper cranes will bring peace, health, and good fortune to the folder. Sadako Sasaki, born in Hiroshima, Japan, was only 12 years old when she died of leukemia, the “atom bomb disease.” She had folded 644 paper cranes. Her classmates folded the rest so that 1,000 paper cranes were buried with her. The statue erected in Hiroshima Peace Park in honor of Sadako is inscribed with her wish for the world: “This is our cry, this is our prayer: peace in the world.”

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