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Sadako Sasaki (Japanese:佐々木 禎子 Sasaki Sadako, January 7, 1943October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who lived near Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako was a victim of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and was only two years old on August 6, 1945. At the time of the explosion she was at home, about 1 mile from ground zero. Ten years later she was diagnosed with leukemia, which her mother called "an atom bomb disease."[1] is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... A victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, she suffered severe burns; the pattern on her skin is from the kimono she was wearing at the time of the bombing. ... The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dropping of Little Boy. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Ground zero is the exact location on the ground where any explosion occurs. ...


In November 1954, lumps developed on her neck and behind her ears. In January 1955, purple spots started to form on her legs. On February 18, 1955 she was diagnosed with leukemia.[2] She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955 and given, at the most, a year to live. is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Sadako and the paper cranes

Every day more cranes arrive at the memorial from children all over the world in the hope for peace.
Every day more cranes arrive at the memorial from children all over the world in the hope for peace.

On August 3, 1955, Chizuko Hamamoto — Sadako's best friend — came to the hospital to visit and cut a golden piece of paper into a square and folded it into a paper crane. At first Sadako didn't understand why Chizuko was doing this but then Chizuko retold the story about the paper cranes. Inspired by the crane, she started folding them herself, spurred on by the Japanese saying that one who folded 1,000 cranes was granted a wish. A popular version of the story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her. This comes from the book Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes. An exhibit which appeared in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stated that by the end of August, 1955, Sadako had achieved her goal and continued to fold more cranes.[3] Image File history File linksMetadata PaperCranes. ... Image File history File linksMetadata PaperCranes. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Thousand origami cranes Thousand origami cranes (Japanese: 千羽鶴Senbazuru) is a bunch of thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. ... Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima. ...


Though she had plenty of free time during her days in the hospital to fold the cranes, she lacked paper. She would use medicine wrappings and whatever else she could scrounge up. This included going to other patients' rooms to ask to use the paper from their get-well presents. Chizuko would bring paper from school for Sadako to use.


During her time in hospital her condition progressively worsened. Around mid-October her left leg became swollen and turned purple. After her family urged her to eat something, Sadako requested tea on rice and remarked "It's good." Those were her last words. With her family around her, Sadako died on the morning of October 25, 1955. is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...

Memorial

Children's Peace Monument with the statue of Sadako holding a golden crane
Children's Peace Monument with the statue of Sadako holding a golden crane

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. 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. Childrens Peace Monument Childrens Peace Monument (Japanese: 原爆の子の像) is the monument for peace to to console Sadako Sasaki and the thousand of child victims of the atomic bomb. ... Citizens of the city pass by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on their way to a memorial ceremony on August 6, 2004 Hiroshima Peace Memorial, called Gembaku Dome (原爆ドーム), the Atomic Bomb Dome, or the A-Bomb Dome by the Japanese is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Hiroshima, Japan. ...


There is also a statue of her in the Seattle Peace Park. Sadako has become a leading symbol of the impact of a nuclear war. Sadako is also a heroine for many girls in Japan. Her story is told in some Japanese schools on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Dedicated to her, people all over Japan celebrate August 15 as the annual peace and love day. Peace Park is a park located in the University District of Seattle, Washington, at the corner of N.E. 40th Street and Roosevelt Way N.E. at the northern end of the University Bridge. ...


The story of Sadako in popular culture

Sadako's story has become familiar to many schoolchildren around the world through the novels The Day of the Bomb (1961, in German, Sadako will leben) by the Austrian writer Karl Bruckner and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, first published in 1977. Sadako is also briefly mentioned in Children of the Ashes, Robert Jungk's historical account of the lives of Hiroshima victims and survivors. Her story continues to inspire millions to hope for lasting peace in the world. The Day of the Bomb (in German Sadako Will Leben, meaning Sadako Wants to Live) is a non-fiction book written by the Austrian author Karl Bruckner in 1961. ... Karl Bruckner, (January 9, 1906 – October 25, 1986) was a Austrian childrens writer. ... Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a non-fiction book written by American author Eleanor Coerr in 1977. ... Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and she grew up in Saskatoon. ... Robert Jungk (1913-1994) was an Austrian writer and journalist who wrote mostly on issues relating to nuclear weapons. ...


In 1969, the Dagestani national poet Rasul Gamzatov may have been inspired by Sadako's story to write his most famous poem, "Zhuravli". (Gamzatov may, however, have taken his inspiration from Soviet soldiers who died in the battle for Stalingrad. Associating cranes with World War II victims already appears, for example, in 1957 Soviet movie Letyat Zhuravli.) The jazz fusion band Hiroshima wrote a song called "Thousand Cranes" inspired by Sadako's story and as a tribute to the band's namesake city. Toward the end of the song, children's laughter can be heard. Another song inspired by Sadako's story is Fred Small's "Cranes Over Hiroshima". The Republic of Dagestan IPA: (Russian: ; Avar: , ), older spelling Daghestan, is a federal subject of the Russian Federation (a republic). ... Rasul Gamzatovich Gamzatov (September 8, 1923 - November 3, 2003) was a Russian poet. ... Zhuravli (English: The Cranes) is one of the most famous Russian songs to come out of World War II. The Dagestani poet Rasul Gamzatov, when visiting Hiroshima, was impressed by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the monument to Sadako Sasaki. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... Hiroshima is an American jazz fusion band formed in 1974 by Sansei Japanese American Dan Kuramoto (wind instruments and band leader), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion and taiko), & Danny Yamamoto (keyboards and drums). ... Frederick Emerson Small (November 6, 1952), known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. ...

See also

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Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 746 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2080 × 1672 pixel, file size: 1. ... Childrens Peace Monument Childrens Peace Monument (Japanese: 原爆の子の像) is the monument for peace to to console Sadako Sasaki and the thousand of child victims of the atomic bomb. ... Thousand origami cranes Thousand origami cranes (Japanese: 千羽鶴Senbazuru) is a bunch of thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. ... Schoolgirl making a ringing statement for world peace Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ) is a large park in the center of Hiroshima, Japan dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. ... The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dropping of Little Boy. ... Hiroshima Witness, also released as Voice of Hibakusha, is a documentary film featuring 100 interviews of people who survived the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, also known as hibakusha. ... Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a non-fiction book written by American author Eleanor Coerr in 1977. ...

External links

  • Sadako story from the Sadako organisation
  • Sadako and the Paper Cranes — photos, a lot of various information on The Official Homepage of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
  • Sadako and the Atomic Bombing - Kids Peace Station at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Senzaburu Orikata - a 1797 book of origami designs to be used in the folding of thousand-crane amulets.
  • "Cranes over Hiroshima" - lyrics to a song by Fred Small inspired by Sadako Sasaki
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Memorial Page at FindaGrave

Frederick Emerson Small (November 6, 1952), known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. ...

References

  1. ^ Sasaki Fujiko. "Come back to me again, Sadako". World Peace Project for Children. Retrieved on 2008-02-16
  2. ^ Sadako and the Paper Cranes. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Special Exhibit 2001Retrieved on 2008-02-16
  3. ^ Sadako and the Paper Cranes. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Special Exhibit 2001Retrieved on 2008-02-16

 
 

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