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A Thousand Paper Cranes

October 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Patricia's Journey

In my life, God has always provided extraordinary angels with messages of love that move me to tears. Yesterday, I received paper cranes folded with authentic Japanese Washi paper from my friend, Jackie. She folded these for me in meditation with the intention of healing. Her husband, Greg, sent his love as well but those big fingers of his cannot fold a crane! Below is a snapshot of a few of the cranes.

Japanese paper cranes

Japanese paper cranes

The story:

When Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945, the Sasaki family was spared. Or so it seemed. Sadako Sasaki was only two at the time, and until she was twelve, she grew strong and healthy. She was the fastest runner on her school relay team.

One day at school Sadako felt strange and dizzy, a feeling she would keep secret until weeks later, while running, everything seemed to whirl about her, and she sank to the ground. Sadako had leukemia, “the atom bomb disease”. While she was in the hospital, her closest friend reminded her of the old Japanese legend that if she folded a thousand paper cranes, the gods might grant her wish to be well again. With courage and faith, Sadako began folding. Though she was only able to fold 644 cranes before she died, Sadako had a profound impact on her friends and classmates. They completed her thousand cranes and raised money from school children all over Japan to build a statue to honor Sadako and all the children affected by the bomb.

Today, in Hiroshima’s Peace Park, there is a statue of Sadako standing on top of a granite pedestal holding a glden crane in her outstretched arms. At its base, a plaque reads:

“This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world.”

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes is a book written by Eleanor Coerr. “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world” shared Sadako Sasaki. And so they have flown to me from Jackie and Greg.

» A link showing how to fold an origami peace crane.

» The Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, also called the Tower of a Thousand Cranes.


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