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The story behind Hiroshima's paper cranes still unfolding

August 6, 2019

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the surrender of Japan bringing to a close the hostilities of World War II.

But signing the truce didn’t stop the death of many who were exposed to massive amounts of radiation during the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

One victim, a twelve year-old girl, Sadako Sasaki, died of radiation induced leukemia in 1955, ten years after the bomb had fallen near her home in Hiroshima. Her story has inspired millions around the world and her memory transformed the origami crane into an international symbol of peace and hope.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be folding one thousand paper cranes to honour the victims and those touched by the tragedy.