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Its pretty bad over in Japan right now..... I feel sorry for the people there... so that is why I asked my dad to buy me the Thousand Crane Origami Kit from The House of Rice Store.
Has anybody heard about Sadako Sasaki or the Thousand Paper Crane Story of Japan. A little history lesson then( because I LOVE Japanese anything and I lOVE history.)
Sadako Sasaki was born January 7, 1943.( all of my information is either from wikipedia or the Hiroshima Memorial website) She was Two years old when the Atom Bomb "Little Boy" was dropped a mile from her house near Misasa Bridge, Hiroshima, Japan.
( I don't know If this Next part is right, I remember reading it from somewhere but i forgot the website, i think it was wikipedia.)
Sadako, her brother her mother and her father escaped in a boat. she described the rain as being "Black Rain" and that the people were drinking the water? Her father went back for Sadako's Grandmother but he know when he got to the house that she was not alive...
The years passed and Sadako returned to school. She was training for her school's Field Day with her friends. She was a very fast runner.( I am not sure if this happened before or after: "Sadako developed chicken pox on her neck and behind her ears in November 1954. "In January 1955 purple spots had formed on her legs". One day she was running and collapsed. So her parents took her to the doctors. Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia and was hospitalizes on February 21, 1955.
On August 3, 1955, Her best friend Chizuko Hamamoto came to the hospital and gave Sadako her first "Golden" Crane and told her about the story of the Crane; That of you fold a thousand you will be granted a wish by a crane/god. So all the days Sadako was in the hospital, she folded cranes, even going as far as to fold them out of medical dressing paper wrappings and get well paper wrappings of other patients.
Around this point in the history books there are slight differences, one being that Sadako finishes all 1,000 Origami Cranes, while anther part says she only made it to 644. I think she only made it to 644, but I could be wrong. Anyway, during her time at the hospital her condition steadily worsened. Around Mid October her left leg became swollen and turned purple. After her family asked her to eat something, she asked for Tea On Rice( which is called Gemaicha in Japanese) and said it was "good"Those were the last words she said. Sadako Sasaki died on October 25 1955 Approximately ten years after the bombs were dropped in Japan.
After her death the children left behind wanted to make a statue of her to remind the world of the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. To this day thousands of paper cranes decorate trees and racks next to the Hiroshima Children's Peace Memorial Statue, with Little Sadako holding her "golden Crane" high in the air as a reminder of the Pain Of Nuclear War.
Still to this day the argument is that the ethticality? ( right or wrong) of use of nuclear weapons during world war 2. It is a very difficult subject to argue one side or another.
Anyway the real reason I brought this up was that i need your help. I would like everyone who read this to make a paper crane or think about making a paper crane to send healing wishes to the Island of Japan. To wish for no more bad things to happen until the "state" gets itself back in order.
Well, hope you liked the stuff I wrote.
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