Hiroshima is Boston Strong

Jazz band Hiroshima plays tribute to Boston bombing victims

HiroshimaWe spent a wonderful evening this week at the legendary Scullers Jazz Club, in Boston, enjoying the music of June and Dan Kuramoto and their band, Hiroshima. Scullers is located right in last week’s lock-down zone. Dan and June played some special music to express their “Boston Strong” solidarity with the audience.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako_and_the_thousand_paper_cranes_00Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes[1] is a non-fiction children’s book written by American author Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977.
This true story is of a girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing by the United States. She developed leukemiafrom the radiation and spent her time in a nursing home creating origami (folded paper) cranes in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would be cured by the gods. Her wish was simply to live. However, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any more, and died on 25 October 1955 in the morning. Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes, which were buried with Sadako. They also built a statue of Sadako holding a giant golden origami crane in Hiroshima Peace Park.
Now every year on Obon Day, which is a holiday in Japan to remember the departed spirits of one’s ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue. On the statue is a plaque: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”
The book has been translated to many languages and published in many places, to be used for peace education programs in primary schools. Sadako’s story was also dramatized at the opening ceremony of the Goodwill Games 1990 in Seattle wherein Seattle schoolchildren, working from the 644 cranes sent by Japanese schoolchildren, completed the unfinished 356 cranes for Sadako, and sent them aloft into the skies in honor of Sadako and world peace.
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