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Sadako Sasaki

Super Power: Courage

Hiroshima, Japan

Sadako Sasaki

January 7, 1943 to October 25, 1955

Photo Credit: Unknown, via Wikimedia Commons.

About ...

A heroine for girls across Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two-years-old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home in Hiroshima, Japan. She is remembered throughout the world for her story of a thousand cranes.

Sadako believed an ancient legend that a wish will be granted for anyone who folds one thousand paper origami cranes. When she was 12 years old and in the hospital, Sadako folded a thousand cranes using old paper, medicine wrapping, and anything else she could find. Her wish was for peace.

Special Facts ...

  • Honored by a statue in the world-famous Seattle Peace Park
  • Dedicated to Sadako, people all over Japan celebrate August 6 as an annual peace day

Famous Quote:

“This is our cry, this is our prayer: peace in the world.”

-Sadako Sasaki