A Colorful Wish

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.

Here’s a view of of the monument that houses the eternal flame, with the famous Genbaku Dome in the background. Click here for a bird’s eye view.

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4 thoughts

  1. I think that I have heard this story before, I remember learning about it when I was younger. It is truly inspirational that a little girl could have such faith that if she folded those cranes she would be able to be healthy again. I really do wish that this had worked and that her wish had come true.

  2. The story of Sadako is pretty popular, and the idea of folding cranes is a good thing for hope for someone who, like her, is dying. So in honor of Sadako’s tragic tale, making paper cranes is pretty emotional and touching story.

  3. I think that is really sad that all she wanted was to be healthy again, and she even made all those origami cranes in hopes her wish would come true. But since she ended up dying anyway, I think God had a reason for it. If God took her life away sooner than she probably planned, I’m sure He had a reason for it. Because everything happens for a reason.

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