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Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument

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01 Mar 2024 | Fri

Day 11 of 17

  • Shinkansen Bullet Train – Osaka to Hiroshima
  • Walk from Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Hiroshima Hiroshima Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students
  • Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima Flame of Peace
  • Hiroshima Victim’s Memorial Cenotaph
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall
  • Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument

Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument

Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument

The Children’s Peace Monument (原爆の子の像, Genbaku no Ko no Zō, lit. “Atomic Bomb Children Statue”) is a monument for peace to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This monument is located in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako Sasaki, a young girl, died of leukemia from radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

The monument is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Designed by native artists Kazuo Kikuchi and Kiyoshi Ikebe, the monument was built using money derived from a fund-raising campaign by Japanese school children, including Sadako Sasaki’s classmates, with the main statue entitled “Atomic Bomb Children”. The statue was unveiled on 5 May 1958, the Japanese Children’s Day holiday. Sadako Sasaki, who died of an atomic bomb disease radiation poisoning is immortalized at the top of the statue, where she holds a wire crane above her head. Shortly before she passed, she had a vision to create a thousand cranes. Japanese tradition says that if one creates a thousand cranes, they are granted one wish. Sadako’s wish was to have a world without nuclear weapons. Thousands of origami cranes from all over the world are offered around the monument. They serve as a sign that the children who make them and those who visit the statue desire a world without nuclear war, having been tied to the statue by the story that Sadako died from radiation-induced leukemia after folding just under a thousand cranes, wishing for world peace. However, an exhibit which appeared in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stated that by the end of August 1955, Sadako had achieved her 1000-crane goal and continued to fold more cranes. Unfortunately, her wish was not granted and she died of the leukemia on October 25, 1955. Her main reason of death was from the radiation poisoning from the atomic bomb Little Boy.

– Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument > Wikipedia

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