1000 Cranes of Hope
The Story of the Cranes
In Japanese culture, making 1,000 paper cranes is a very important goal and the reward for making 1,000 cranes is supposedly one wish. This became more popular around World War II because of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During this time 140,000 people died because of the atomic bomb. People who were victims of the bombing tried to make 1,000 paper cranes to help relieve themselves from the aftermath of the bombing. Now there is a museum to recognize the people who died from the bombing and people around the world will make 1,000 paper cranes and set them in the garden of the museum.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 had an explosive yield equal to 15,000 tons of TNT. It burnt around 70% of all buildings and caused an estimated 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945, along with increased rates of cancer among the survivors.A larger bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later and killed 74,000 people by the end of 1945. Temperatures reached 39,200°F and radioactive rain poured down.
Goal of the Project
Paper cranes have become a symbol of peace through Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who folded a thousand paper cranes and wanted to live. Her story has inspired people all over the world to fold paper cranes as a symbol of peace. The goal of this is to inform as many people about the project to inspire others to help join the movement.