Gift of Thousand Cranes - Senbazuru
Gift of Peace - 1,000 Origami Cranes
At the conclusion of our Peace Concert at Carnegie Hall, six pieces of “senbazuru” (1,000 origami cranes) created by students from six Japanese schools were presented to the performers in hopes of bringing our mission of world peace home to their respective countries.
Photo Credit: Sarah Stacke
Harpsicordist and Founder of the HFP Foundation, Yasuko Mitsui (right), presents the senbazuru to the guest performers representing five countries, including soprano Yunhong Zhao (shown above with Tomoko Torii, President/Executive Director of HFP Foundation).
Senbazuru were created by:
Tokyo - Wada Elementary School (Suginami-ku)
Hiroshima - Hera Elementary School (Hatsukaichi City)
Hiroshima - Shudo High School (Hiroshima City)
Okayama - Wake Junior High School (Wake Gun)
Hiroshima - Asakita Junior High School (Hiroshima City)___________________________________________________________________
One of the schools which received a gift of Senbazuru.
The History of One Thousand Paper Cranes: Sadako Sasaki’s story
Sadako Sasaki was exposed to nuclear radiation when she was 2 years old, at her home, two kilometers north of the explosion ground in Hiroshima. A few years later, in February 1955, she was diagnosed with lymphatic gland leukemia, and was hospitalized in Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital. There, using various kinds of paper,such as gift or medicine wrapping paper, she started to make origami cranes, believing that if she could fold all of one thousand cranes, her hope will come true. Sadako died of radiation sickness on October 25, 1955, aged 12 years old.By the time she finally succumbed to her illness, Sadako had only managed to complete 644 cranes, but knowing her story, her classmates brought up by their own hands the total to a thousand cranes, all of which were then buried with her remains. Senba-Zuru (meaning “a thousand origami cranes”) is believed to be a symbol for peace.
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