-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the plane dropped the world's first atomic bom on the city of Hiroshima, which killed more than 140 thousand people.
Two-year-old "Sadako Sasaki(佐々木禎子)" was at home, 2 kilometers from the epicenter, at the time of the explosion. She diagnosed with leukemic disease in February 1955. Sadako who wished to recover started to fold paper cranes in the belief that if she made 1,000 cranes, she could get her wish. The twelve-year-old girl died of atomic bomb sickness in November 1955. She folded 644 paper cranes, and her friends did 356 after her death. The cranes were laid to rest in the cemetery with Sadako. Kids Peace Station (Hiroshima Peace Site in English)
Now, “thousand cranes (千羽鶴)” is the symbol of remembrance and prayer for peace in Hiroshima.
In Japan, people customarily make 1,000 folded cranes and link them together by thread in order to give them to a sick person, making a wish that the sickness will be cured soon. However, few people actually have the opportunity to make them. For me, it’s a first time to do it.
My best friend’s trip created this opportunity. She and her mom (see the article, Definition of Shitamachi) went to Hiroshima last month, and at that time we (my friend, mom, the regulars at her place and I) made 200 folded cranes to place them on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Tablet.
When my friend saw countless thousands of paper cranes in the Memorial Park, she was shamefaced because she only brought 200. Then, we decided to make proper "thousand cranes" this time.
Human life must be equally precious, regardless of race and nationality.
Nobody deserves to be killed.