Kids | 24 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020   24 october

Folding cranes

On 21 September, International Day of Peace and 24 October, Day of the United Nations, the Museon organises this special activity from 12:00 to 16:00 h. Participation is free of charge for visitors of the Museon. Sign up at the desk of the Museon.

There is a famous story about the folding of cranes. When the Japanese girl Sasaki Sadako was two years old the atomic bomb fell on the city of Hiroshima during the Second World War. Sasaki lived near the impact. Luckily she survived the sea of flames. But when she was eleven she suddenly became very ill. She had contracted leukaemia as a result of the radiation from the bomb. A friend told her that there was an old Japanese legend that said that anyone who would fold 1000 cranes could make a wish. Sasaki started folding. She hoped that not only she, but also all the other child victims of the atomic bomb could make a wish. She folded 1300 cranes in 14 months until unfortunately she died. After her death, her school friends collected money to help children who had become ill as a result of the atomic bomb. Her wish had come true after all.

Because of Sadako the crane became even more of a symbol of life and survival. Garlands with thousands of cranes are still laid at monuments in Japan every year.

21 September and 24 October, 12:00 until 16:00 h

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