Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes

The story of Sadako and the 1000 cranes

There is an old Japanese legend that is you fold a thousand cranes you’ll be granted a wish by a crane and he will give you long life or a recovery from injury or illness.

‘I will write peace on your wings, your heart, and you will fly all over the world, so that it’s not necessary children to die that way anymore.” haiku by Sadako Sasaki

Ten years after the atom bombing of Hiroshima (6.8.1945), twelve-year old Sadako Sasaki was diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation when she was only two years old. She was admitted in hospital and one day her best friend Shizuko visited her there. The girl showed her how to fold a paper crane. “If you fold 1000 paper cranes you’ll be granted a wish” Shizuko said. So Sadako started folding. She used pieces of wrapping paper from the other patients, paper which Shizuko brought from school and even bandages from the hospital. Until Sadako’s death on 25th of October 1955, she managed to fold 644 cranes. Her friends folded the other 356, which they put in her grave. In 1958 at the Peace Park in Hiroshima was built a statue representing Sadako with a golden crane in her hand. The girl was turned into a main figure in the peace movement ever since. Hundreds of people all over the world send senbarazu (1000 paper cranes on a string) in her memory.

Inspired from this legend and story I decided to make a present for a friend. I admit that my version is insignificant compared with the story, but I made it with a lot of warm feelings.

You’ll see the gift bellow, but before that let me clarify: my friend was turning 18 years old so I made 17 paper cranes in different colors and the 18th is bigger and colorful, just below the biggest crane is a piece of paper with my wishes for him.