Hiroshima

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Genbaku-no-Ko-no-zo (Children’s Peace Monument). Ever since the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who was 2 at the time of the bombing and 10 years later died of leukemia, became widely known, people from around the world have sent origami cranes to the Children of the A-Bomb statue in the Heiwa Kinen-koen (Hiroshima Peace Park) as a symbol and wish for peace. Sadako attempted to fold 1000 cranes believing she would get well by doing so. It is Japanese legend that folding 1000 senbazuru (cranes) so pleases the gods that the folder is granted a wish. Sakako wished to get well. Her story, as presented in several books, has become an inspiration for school children worldwide to fold cranes in a wish for peace.