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How to fold an Origami Crane.
In Japan, animals often have symbolic meaning. The crane is the symbol for long life, prosperity and good health. Recently through the story of Sadako Sasaki, the crane has become a symbol of peace. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first atomic weapon used on people. A few days later a second atomic bomb was dropped, on Nagasaki. It is impossible to know for sure, but it was estimated that as many as 250,000 people were killed along with 100,000 wounded. Many of those who survived the burns from the flash would later die from the atomic radiation disease for years after World War II ended.
Sadako was only two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan where she lived with her family. Ten years later, she had developed Leukemia as a result of radiation from the bomb. Soon after Sadako began folding a thousand cranes. It is a Japanese tradition to fold a thousand cranes for someone who is sick to wish them a long life, prosperity and good health.
Sadako never finished making the thousand cranes, she was only twelve years old when she died on October 25, 1955. She was only able to fold 644 cranes, her classmates folded the remaining 356 cranes so that one thousand were buried with her. As a result of her effort, a peace park stands in Hiroshima today. The park has a statue of Sadako holding an origami crane in her arms.