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Topic: Angel of Peace-Sadako Sasaki  (Read 3129 times)
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« on: December 09, 2008 10:27:27 PM »


I recently saw a documentary about Sadako Sasaki, a little girl who died of the nuclear attack radiation in Hiroshima  1955. Here's a summary of her story:

...The young girl wasn't near Hiroshima at the time, but the effects of the atom bomb spread throughout the country and into surrounding towns, and she caught radiation sickness... When she was 11She became more and more limp each day. Her best friend, Chizuko Hamamoto, ... told Sasaki, "Don't you remember the story that if you fold 1000 paper cranes the gods will grant a wish and make it come true?" Hamamoto then folded a...beautiful golden crane. She handed the crane to Sadako and said, "Here's your first one."... Sadako Sasaki only managed to fold 644 cranes before she died on October 25, 1955. Her classmates thought of building a monument of Sadako holding a golden crane in her hand. In 1958 the statue was built in the Hiroshima Peace Park. The writing on the base of the statue says, "This is our cry, this is our prayer; peace in the world."

The story inspired me to make this doll depicting Sadako as an angel, wearing a pale cherry blossom kimono given by her mother, and holding the first golden crane folded by her best friend, Chizuko.
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008 02:04:03 AM »

So beautiful. The sweetest of your dolls I have seen yet.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008 02:54:11 AM »

This is a beautiful doll.  The angel wings are wonderful and the tiny golden crane is amazing.  What a wonderful memorial to Sadako.

My son's 3rd grade class studies Sadako and learned to make paper cranes.  My son is now obsessed with making paper cranes, though he's nowhere near 1000 yet.



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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2008 05:06:56 AM »

awww Shocked omg she is amazingly beautiful it fabulouse! you are amazing  Shocked Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008 05:35:23 AM »

Beautiful! I was inspired by this story as a child and am still inspired by it as an adult.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008 05:57:02 AM »

This is amazingly beautiful
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008 07:58:20 AM »

i remember folding cranes back in elementary school to send to Japan.
beautiful job, i want her!
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008 02:54:28 PM »

Thank you for the kind comments Smiley
I have always been obsessed with peace cranes too which explains why I came up with all kinds of wearable peace crane origami. Maybe I should start recording every crane I fold and see if I can achieve 1000 cranes!
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2008 06:23:04 AM »

thats really beautiful, i wish i can make 1 myself  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2009 06:19:50 PM »

Hi, when i read the story i cried. Your doll is very beautifull and so are your other work that you have shared. I belive in peace all around the world. I hope someday before i die that i will be able to go to Japan it is a very beautifull place. I really injoy the music it is peacefull and relaxing.
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