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Origami crane folded by Hiroshima girl to promote peace at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — A small paper crane folded by a 12-year-old girl who died of leukemia after the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on her hometown of Hiroshima has gone on display in Pearl Harbor, where the 1941 Japanese attack launched the two nations into war.

Sadako Sasaki's family donated the origami crane to promote peace and overcome the tragedies of the past.

"We have both been wounded and have suffered painfully. We don't want the children of the future to go through the same experience," said Yuji Sasaki, the girl's nephew, by telephone from Hiroshima.

The crane on Saturday became part of an exhibit at the visitors' center at Pearl Harbor near the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Dec. 7 bombing.

The tiny crane —it's about the size of a pinky fingernail — occupies a small corner of one of two exhibit halls at the center, which is operated by the National Park Service.

Sadako Sasaki folded between 1,000 and 2,000 of the cranes while battling leukemia in 1955 (her family never counted exactly how many) after hearing an old Japanese story that those who fold a thousand cranes are granted one wish.

The sixth-grader's wish was to get better, but she died less than three months after she started the project.

Her story has since become well-known around the world, and origami cranes have become a symbol of peace.

The family has also given one crane to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, next to ground zero in New York, and to the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Yuji Sasaki said his family wanted one crane to go to Pearl Harbor because he feels there's still a gulf between some Americans and Japanese when it comes to how the war between their two countries began and how it ended.

He hopes the crane will create opportunities for atom bomb and Pearl Harbor survivors to interact and think about each other's perspectives.

"If we are going to pave the way to peace for the children of the future, we can't pass on the grudges of the past," said Yuji Sasaki, who helps run Sadako Legacy, a nonprofit promoting peace and his aunt's story.

Lauren Bruner, who was a 21-year-old sailor on the Arizona on Dec. 7, welcomed the gift.

"There's always somebody that will never forgive or forget, but I think it's a nice gesture," said Bruner.

Origami crane folded by Hiroshima girl to promote peace at Pearl Harbor 09/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 6:06pm]
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