1000 Paper Cranes: The Legacy of Sadako

November 16, 2015
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Around the world, people of all countries have been touched by the story of Sadako Sasaki and her attempt to fold 1,000 paper cranes while critically ill and suffering from exposure to atomic bomb radiation. Since succumbing to her illness, she has become a symbol for all the victims of war. In this special talk, Masahiro Sasaki, brother to Sadako, shares his personal memories of his sister and speaks about his family’s efforts to keep Sadako’s legacy and their wish for peace alive. Clifton Truman Daniel, President Harry S. Truman’s eldest grandson, shares his encounter with Sadako’s paper crane story and his own journey toward understanding the dropping and effects of the atomic bombs, as well as his own experiences with atomic bomb survivors. A music performance by Yuji Sasaki, Sadako’s nephew, and an origami folding session will accompany the talk. 

School registration is by invitation-only. For more information, please contact (212) 715-1203.

Photo: Sadako Sasaki, courtesy of Sadako Legacy.

Related Events

Public Program
Stories from the Pacific War: President Truman’s Grandson Hosts Atomic Bomb Survivor & US Veteran
Tuesday, November 17, 7 PM 
at Japan Society

For Teachers
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in New Orleans
Keynote speech by Masahiro Sasaki
Friday, November 13, 11:10 am
Featured Speakers: Masahiro Sasaki and Clifton Truman Daniel
Saturday, November 14, 11:15 am
Both events are co-sponsored by Japan Society and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Peace on Your Wings
Thursday, November 19
An origami crane folded by Sadako Sasaki will be donated to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence Missouri. Before she died from Hiroshima atomic bomb radiation-induced leukemia, Sadako folded 1,000 cranes for peace. Clifton Daniel Truman, Sadako’s brother and nephew will present the free program. www.trumanlibraryinstitute.org

Photo: Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Park, 2012 © Japan Society/Kazuko Minamoto.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
  • 1:30 pm