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Statue in Hiroshima in honor of Sadako Sasaki Enlarge

Commemorative Monument in Hiroshima
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According to a Japanese belief, folding 1,000 paper cranes will make your wish come true. During the 50's, Sadako Sasaki, a young girl exposed to the atomic radiation in Hiroshima during World War II, began to make cranes to cure herself of leukemia.

Unfortunately, little Sadako died at the age of 12 before having reached her goal and a monument was erected in her honor. Every year, the granite statue is decorated with thousands of paper cranes, made by people touched by her sad story. The monument is equally a peace symbol, in memory of the victims of the Hiroshima bombardment.

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