“I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world”

Sadako Sasaki


The story of Sadako Sasaki can be found here but to summarise, she was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  At the age of eleven and as a consequence of this bomb, she developed leukemia.  She began making paper cranes because of a Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish.  It is said that she wished for her own health back and that she also wished for an end to all suffering.  It’s not certain that she reached her target of a thousand folded cranes.  The linked article says she did but other sources say she was just short of the required thousand and that her friends finished folding the cranes after her death.  She died at the age of twelve.  Her friends then went on to memorialise her life and the lives of all the other child victims of the bomb. Today a statue of Sadako stands in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the paper crane has become a global symbol of peace. 





12 responses to this post.

  1. thanks earthPal,
    another story for my WWII collection.

    This reminds me of a story of two japanese children during the WWII.
    You may have seen the film “Grave of the Fireflies”.
    an animation from the brilliant Studio Ghibli.
    If not, here are the details.


  2. Hi Little Indian. Yes, the story of Sadako really warmed and inspired me.

    Thanks for the information on the film. I hadn’t heard of it but I will try to get hold of a copy. It seems like my kind of thing.


  3. Will those with the ability to pull the trigger ever learn?

    A tender story but I am afraid those mentioned above won’t think so.


  4. Beautiful story. And yes, see the animae “Grave of the Fireflies.”


  5. I don’t know Jose, probably not.

    Helen, hi. I have a copy on its way to me so I will let you know what I think.


  6. Fucking Americans…Its fairly clear, if you read enough, that the US did NOT need to drop the bombs on Japan to “shorten the war and save lives”. It was mainly to keep Japan to themselves and away from the Russian forces, and also to prove to the world what their new bombs could do. The world sucks, sometimes…


  7. Talking of atom bombs it doesn’t leave my mind how much money the American corporations have earned in modern Japan.

    Hundreds of thousands had to die for those with the economic clout to thrive.


  8. Paddy, you’ve told it like it is. The American government just wanted to show its might and it also needed an excuse to try its new toy.
    Jose, it’s sad. War and agression means devastation to the many and profit to the few.




  10. What has tinned spaghetti got to do with the story of Sadako Sasaki?


  11. Do your research dear!


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