Sadako Sasaki Inspired Peace by Folding 1,000 Paper Cranes
One Child Inspires Peace in the World by folding Cranes
Sadako Sasaki was just two years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. At the age of 11, she was diagnosed with Leukemia, or the "Atomic Bomb Disease." In 1955 leukemia was a death sentence.
Her courage in the face of her cancer and determination to fold 1,000 paper cranes to be granted a wish had been an inspiration to many people all over the world.
Since her death at the young age of 12, Sadako has become a symbol of Peace throughout the world. Her inspiring story is taught to school children everywhere often as they learn how to fold a peace crane.
Image of Sadako Statue by Nordique.
Peace in the world.
This is our cry. This is our prayer.
Three reasons to admire Sadako Sasaki
- Her spirit, determination and courage in the face of adversity.
- Her gift of creating a symbol of peace--the paper crane--for generations to follow.
- Her lasting legacy as a child of peace.
Sadako Sasaki at age 12
Sadako Sasaki Brief History
Sadako Sasaki (January 7, 1943 - October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who was just two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, in Hiroshima, Japan.
Sadako was at home when the explosion occurred, about one mile from Ground Zero. By November 1954, chicken pox had developed on her neck and behind her ears. In January 1955, purple spots had formed on her legs. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia (her mother referred to it as "an atom bomb disease"). She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given, at the most, a year to live.
After her death, Sadako's friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb.
Source: Sadako Sasako. Wikipedia.
I will write peace on your wings
and you will fly all over the world.
Sadako Sasaki, age 12
Sadako Sasaki Animation on YouTube
This short animation by eleven-year-old Rachel Cohn who tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who bravely battled leukemia from radiation exposure after the bombing of Hiroshima, and tried to fold 1,000 origami cranes from summerkitchenstudio.
Sadako Sasaki - Video Animation
Poll about Sadako Sasaki
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Educational Resources on Sadako Sasaki
Sadako - The Story
One of the more popular novels about Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.
The author tells the story of a leukemia-stricken Sadako as a quietly courageous girl.
Appropriate for children ages 5 - 9.
Weblinks on Sadako Sasaki
- The Story of Sadako Sasaki
The Story of Sadako Sasaki from the City of Hiroshima, Japan website.
- Peace Makers around the World
Grade Level: 2nd - 3rd. A Cross-curriculum- Art, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts
- Sadako and the Paper Cranes
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - a Web Quest for Grades 3-5.
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Literature Unit - activities, vocabulary, quizzes, and more
Literature Unit for (Grades 3-6) based on the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
- CyberLesson on Sadako
Lesson for grades 5 - 6 using Sadako by Eleanor Coerr.
- SchoolTube - Sadako Sasaki
A podcast on Sadako Sasaki from Nova Middle School. Note this video is carrying a PG rating for some disturbing images and topics (death, illness and atomic bomb).
- Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes Literature Study
Students learn about the legacy of Sadako Sasaki, the atomic bomb, and history through a nonfiction literature study.
- Sadako Sasashi
Sadako Sasashi - the story of a little Japanese girl from Activity Village.
- Sadako Sasaki | Thinkquest.org
Sadako Sasaki was two when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Japan, Nine years later Sadako was picked to be a track runner from her class. It was 1954 and she was eleven years old.
- Glimpses of Japan (2002): Cranes for Peace in Hiroshima
These photographs are being uploaded particularly so that the members of Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights might see that I accomplished my agreed upon mission, depositing a set of one thousand folded paper cranes at the Children's Peace Memorial mon
- Special Exhibition - A Young Girl's Death from the A-bomb---Sadako Sasak
A Young Girl's Death from the A-bomb--Sadako Sasaki, 12 Years of Age Sadako's 4,675 Days of Life
Sadako Sasaki Statue in Hiroshima
Sadako Sasaki Books Available on Amazon
No words can describe the pain and horror
Photo from Hiroshima
Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir in the Amazon Spotlight
Author Leonard Bird writes about the history of our tragic atomic legacy and the future of nuclear weapons.
With his unique perspective and gift for powerful expression, he has written a book to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A Reflection on Dropping the Bomb...
Lee A. Makela shares a very poignant reflection in her page on Cranes for Peace. She was part of an effort by the Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights to deliver a thousand paper cranes folded as a concrete expression of their own personal or collective prayers for peace. Lee was one who volunteered to deliver the cranes to Japan at the Childrens Peace Memorial in Hiroshima.
One of the men accompanying her on the trip to bring peace cranes to Hiroshima was a retired lawyer from the Seattle area who had served in the United States Army during that same conflict.
He was serving in Europe when the use of the atomic bomb ended the Pacific conflict.
This former army member reflected at the time, he was ecstatic that the use of the bomb had brought the war to a final conclusion. He was glad that "he would not have to run the risk of being killed during what everyone assumed would be a bloody land invasion of the Japanese home islands."
After bringing the cranes to the Childrens Peace memorial and visiting the exhibits at the nearby Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum that graphically detailing the impact of that single weapon on the life of the entire city, this former army member told Lee,
- ...for the very first time, he had begun to ask himself if maybe, just maybe, had he lost his own life in exchange for the Bomb NOT being used, the sacrifice might have been a worthy one.
Image of Photography of Hiroshima after the bomb by Eliazar.
The Story of Sadako Sasaki - One Thousand Paper Cranes for Peace
A beautifully done story of Sadako Sasaki set to John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over) sung by Sarah McLauchlan.
The text is in both Spanish and English.
The Story of Sadako Sasaki
Happy Christmas (War is Over)
This version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Happy Christmas (War is Over) is sung by Sarah McLachlan.
Sadako Children's Peace Memorial
Children's Peace Memorial
After her death in 1955, Sadako's friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb.
In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Genbaku Dome.
At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads, This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
Source: Wikipedia. Sadako Sasaki.
This is our cry,
This is our prayer,
Peace in the world.
Children's Peace Memorial
More about Sadako and the World Peace Project for Children
- Children's Peace Monument
The Children's Peace Monument (Genbaku no Ko no Zō?) is a monument for peace to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, itself in the city of Hi
- World Peace Project for Children
The mission of the World Peace Project for Children is to promote world peace by educating children about global matters that concern them and by giving them tools to build positive connections with children in other cultures.
- Sadako Song Story
Michiko I. Pumpian wrote the song, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, to have World Peace, to have a peace song sung by children in different languages so more people could relate to it.
- Paper Cranes and the Children's Peace Monument
Information from the City of Hiroshima on how to send paper cranes to the Children's Peace Monument in Peace Memorial Park.
- Special Exhibition TOP
The Special Exhibition in 2001 of Sadako and the Paper Cranes---Message of Life Transcending Time
Children at Hiroshima Sadako monument
School children visit the Sadako monument in groups representing their school. Often they bring wreathes of origami cranes to leave at the monument by Dogsnark.
Children at Hiroshima Sadako Monument - Video
Sadako Sasaki Still Inspiring Peace
- The Story of Sadako | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Sadako was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She was two kilometers away from where the bomb exploded. Most of Sadako’s neighbors died, but Sadako wasn’t injured at all, at least not in any way people could see.
- The My Hero Project - Sadako Sasaki
From the My Hero Project, Angel Hero: Sadako Sasaki by Amanda E. from Derry. NH.
- Be a Messenger of Peace | OneWorld.net (U.S.)
Send a message of peace to be read at the Sadako Peace Day Ceremony on Aug. 6 in remembrance of 12-year old Sadako who aimed to fold 1,000 cranes to spread peace after being exposed to radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
- Geelong students send peace symbols to Japan - The Geelong Advertiser
A GROUP of Geelong students in Australia studying Japanese will send 1000 home-made paper cranes to the country in a symbol of peace.
- Poems from 2014 Sadako Peace Day | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Poems that were read as part of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 20th Annual Sadako Peace Day event on August 6, 2014 at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Montecito, California.
- Hope floats on wings of a crane
The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima will be commemorated Saturday with solemn words, silent prayers and countless brightly colored paper cranes, which pay tribute to one young victim of the atomic bomb, Sadako Sasaki, who has become an i
Fold A Thousand Cranes
Peace Cranes for Peace
Peace Cranes - Wikimedia. 2005. Paper cranes prayers for peace, Hiroshima Japan. This image has been released into the public domain by its author, Fg2.
Thousand Origami Cranes
In Japan, the crane is considered to be one of the mystical or holy creatures. They believe it lives for a thousand years. There is an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.
Folding a thousand cranes is a popular gift for special occasions like for weddings or to celebrate a newborn baby. 1,000 cranes are also popular for wishing, when people fold a thousand cranes and wish for a long life, a loving marriage or recovery from illness or injury.
Source: Thousand Cranes. Wikipedia.
Sadako and the Paper Cranes on YouTube
Another beautiful musical tribute to Sadako.
Sadako and the Paper Cranes on YouTube
The paper crane
Fold the crane with love
Each crease that you stroke
Think about the world around you
Fold the crane with love
Each fold that you touch
Feel about the world around you
Fold a paper crane with love
By Michiko Pumpian
The Paper Crane - Sadako's Song
How to Fold a Paper Crane on YouTube
These step by step instructions help you to fold your own origami crane. Perfect for beginners.
LisaShea.com has many more photos of origami and origami folding instructions.
Origami Crane Folding Instructions
Paper Folding Origami Kit
This origami Kit includes a colorful pre-made Peace Crane, 64-page instruction book for 8 traditional Origami models and 64 sheets of high-quality Origami paper.
The paper comes in 8 colors and 4 sizes.
Diagram on How to Fold an Origami Crane
Paper Crane Books
Sadako Statue in the Seattle Peace Park
Sadako Sasaki in the Seattle Peace Park
A life size bronze of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who survived the Hiroshima bombing, but later died from radiation sickness at age 12.
Children visit the park and bring origami cranes to the statue.
Seattle Sadako Peace Park
The Seattle Peace Park was built by Floyd Schmoe, winner of the 1988 Hiroshima Peace Prize. The park was dedicated on August 6, 1990, 45 years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The statue in the park is a life-size bronze of Sadako Sasaki sculpted by Daryl Smith. Sadako is the young Japanese girl who survived the Hiroshima bombing only to die of radiation sickness and leukemia at age 12.
More on the Seattle Sadako Peace Part
- Seattle Sadako Peace Park
Information about the Statue of Sadako Sasaki that stands in the Seattle Peace Park.
- Peace Park, Seattle
Information on the Peace Park from the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.
- Ron and Kathy, in the middle | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
At the small Peace Park, at the NW end of University Bridge. "Peace Park was the dream of Dr. Floyd Schmoe, who after winning the Hiroshima Peace Prize in 1998 used the $5,000 prize money to clear a small lot near the University of Washington. From a
1000 Cranes for Japan in 2011
1000 Kraniche für Japan
Paper Cranes for Japan
There has been an outpouring of support for the country of Japan following the devastating March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Students Rebuild have partnered with DoSomething.org, to provide an opportunity for students worldwide to support their Japanese peers by making paper cranes.
A virtual chain of 1000 cranes was created on Flickr with the hope that
- "Strings of one thousand paper cranes are often sent to places where tragedy has struck as a symbol of hope & healing. Sometimes groups will fold 1000 cranes for an ailing friend in hopes of speeding their recovery."
There are several ways to get involved. I've listed some of the ones that I've found below.
While the RocketMoms on Squidoo are not making paper cranes, we have made lenses,r converted lenses over, or have existing lenses (like this one) to benefit Save The Children, one of the organizations providing relief efforts.
Image of 1000 Kraniche für Japan // 1000 Cranes for Japan Project by Nina Yasmine.
Folding Cranes for Japan
Following the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, people are folding cranes for fundraisers and hope for the people of Japan.
Folding Paper Cranes for Japan
- Flickr: 1000 Cranes for Japan
I think it would be a beautiful show of support and love for Japan if flickr was flooded with paper cranes. Is it too much to hope for a virtual chain of 1000 cranes? If you make one, send me a flickr mail. I will start a group if there is enough int
- Cranes for Japan | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
[50/365] Eva made cranes for Japan.
- Paper Cranes for Japan
Help Japan by making paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - $2 for each crane received - to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once we reach our g
- Paper Cranes for Japan | Facebook
Welcome to a Facebook Page about Paper Cranes for Japan. Join Facebook to start connecting with Paper Cranes for Japan.
- Miya Company's Senbazuru 1000 Crane Project
Miya Company. They are donating $5 for each of the first 1000 photos of paper cranes they receive to Save the Children.
History of Sadako Sasaki Page
Earning a Purple Star for Sadako Sasaki
This lens was originally created on December 17, 2007 as part of the Squidoo Superhero Project, to make 5 lenses in 2 weeks about the people who have inspired me, mentored me or changed the way I look at the world. Even though it is over 3 years old, the lens is still relevant today.
As part of the "Back to the Future Purple Star Quest" I chose this lens to update. I am honored that Robin has chosen this lens to write about in the Official Squidoo blog, dubbed this lens as "a stunning example of what a Purple Star lens can be."
The lens had been on my mind, since the recent earthquake in Japan and one that I included on my other RocketMom for Japan lenses. I discovered that people around the world are folding cranes to support the people of Japan.
Sadako gave us the paper crane
to symbolize our yearning
for peace and hope in the world.
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