IN CRANE SIGHT

09.20.13

Hiroshima Girl’s Origami on Display

WWII bombing victim’s paper crane comes to Pearl Harbor.

A new Pearl Harbor exhibit will feature a paper crane crafted by a 12-year-old girl battling leukemia after the United States’ atom bomb struck her Hiroshima hometown. Sadoko Sasaki pursued origami in 1955 after hearing an old Japanese story that those who fold 1,000 cranes are granted one wish. Wishing to get better, she created more than 1,000 cranes. And although she passed away nearly three months after the project, her cranes have survived as symbols of peace. Sasaki’s family has donated one crane to the Tribute WTC Visitors Center in New York and another to the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Now, a third crane will be featured at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. “We have both been wounded and have suffered painfully,” said Sadoko’s nephew Yuji Sasaki. “We don't want the children of the future to go through the same experience.”