|Peace activist to honor Iranian children’s filmfest with paper cranes||
TEHRAN -- Japanese peace activist Masahiro Sasaki is scheduled to honor Iran’s International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults with a number origami cranes.
Masahiro is the older brother of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died as a result of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945. He and a number of Japanese children will attend the 27th edition of festival, which will be held in Isfahan from October 7 to 13, the Persian service of MNA reported on Thursday.
Sadako (1943–1955) was diagnosed with leukemia, which developed as a result of the radiation from the atomic bomb.
She spent her time in a nursing home creating origami 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 then be granted a wish.
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 the 25th of October 1955 in the morning. Her friends and family helped finished her dream by folding the rest of the cranes.
The crane, a traditional symbol of luck in Japan, was popularized as a peace symbol by the Sadako’s story.
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