I’ve been debating the perfect day to ‘go live’ with this blog. For most blogs, any day would be good. (Hey, fellow bloggers, don’t worry like I did– just start your blog!) Because of the subject matter of this blog though, August 6th seems like it was fated. The other two days that seems appropriate were August 9th and Sadako’s birthday, but I couldn’t wait until January 7th to start!
While a dreadful day in human history, it had a great effect on Sadako Sasaki and many others. It inspired Eleanor Coerr to write her book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977). This book introduced a world-wide audience to the idea of folding 1000 cranes (senbazuru) so that the gods would grant you a wish.
Since then, folding cranes, has become an anti-atomic bomb protest symbol. They are also folded for other kinds of political protest, for weddings, personal growth, and naturally to honor Sadako’s memory. She has become the face of people’s hopes to stop nuclear weapons from ever being used again. There are two statues of her, at the Atomic Peace Park in Hiroshima, and the Seattle Peace Park in Washington state in the United States.
I’ve started to fold 1000 cranes for the success of this blog. I hope the stories inspire you. And if you fold 1000 cranes, perhaps I can include your story here as well.
Sadako Sasaki: January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955.
The uranium-based “Little Boy” atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the B-29 bomber Enola Gay at 8:16am, Aug 8th, 1945. The plutonium-based “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki by another B-29 bomber, Bockscar, at 11:02am, Aug 9th, 1945. For a concise summary of historical events see www.history.com.