Ten years after the bombing of Hiroshima, a young girl named Sadako Sasaki died of leukemia as a result of radiation from the nuclear bomb that was dropped on her city. But before she died, she folded nearly 1000 origami paper cranes. Legend had it that if you folded 1000 paper cranes, you would be granted a wish. Her wish, of course, was to be healthy again so she could run and play with the other children.
Sadly, she died. But her story became famous and today the origami crane is a symbol of international peace. This photo was taken at Hiroshima. But not too long ago I walked into a geography classroom in my school in Watertown, SD, and hanging from the ceiling was a multitude of colorful paper cranes.
The Hirsoshima Peace Memorial wasn’t on my list of things to see when we visited Japan a few years ago but our son Brian insisted that we go. I’m glad we did. Interestingly, I am moved more now when I look at the photos I took than I was when I was taking them. But at that time, I didn’t know the story of Sadako Sasaki.