The Oberlin Review

Creative Writing Professor Sylvia Watanabe speaks at the opening ceremony of Sadako: In the Spirit of Peace at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts. Sylvia joined Green Legacy Hiroshima initative founder Tomoko Watanabe and others to help kick off the exhibit, which honors victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Community Artists Pay Tribute to Radiation Victim

September 18, 2015

70 years ago this month, a 2-year-old Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which killed 80,000 people instantly and at least 70,000 more due to radiation poisoning within a year. She died of radiation-contracted leukemia 10 years after the 1945 bombing, but not before attempting to fold 1,000 origami paper cranes that represented her wish for peace and wellness. According to Japanese folklore, a crane will grant the wish of anyone who completes a senbazuru, or ...

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