Edition 178 - Friday 23rd September 2022

Hiroshima

On the morning of the 6th of August, 1945, an atomic bomb named 'Little Boy' was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, marking the first time an atomic bomb was used as a weapon of war. The blast killed nearly 80,000 people with massive infrastructural damage.

While praying for world peace, Year 8 Japanese class students folded origami cranes. In Japanese tradition, it was believed that if a person folded 1,000 origami cranes, they would be granted with a wish. A young girl, Sadako Sasaki, was two-years-old at that time and was exposed to the black rain after the atomic bomb was dropped, and was diagnosed with leukaemia ten years later in 1955.

She was told of this tradition whilst hospitalised and folded as many paper cranes as she could, in hopes of recovering soon. Sadly, she passed away eight months after her diagnosis but made a total of 1,300 paper cranes. Her story inspired her classmates to fold them too, kickstarting the international popularisation of the paper crane.

Year 8 Japanese students aim to make and collect 1,000 paper cranes by the end of this year in honour of the Hiroshima bombing as well as the symbol of a wish for world peace.

Students have enjoyed folding cranes in class and will continue to make more to achieve the goal. If you would like to contribute, please contribute origami papers or folded paper cranes to Sharif Sensei!

Alyssa Ruan

Year 8

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