Dear International Schools Review, I am a teacher at Hiroshima International School. Our students are taking part in the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The group aims to promote peace by cycling nearly 500km from Hiroshima Peace Park to Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall where they will present 1000 paper cranes to Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall as a symbolic gesture of peace.
The significance of 1000 paper cranes originates from the story of Sadako Sasaki, who was 2 years old at the time of the atomic bombings and survived the blast in Hiroshima. She later suffered from leukemia and died in 1955, age 12. Whilst in hospital, Sadako heard of a Japanese legend that promised a wish to anyone who folded 1000 paper cranes.
The ride, known as the ‘Peace Ride’, has involved the wider community with fund-raising efforts and donations We are now trying to get 1000 likes on our Facebook page to represent 1000 paper cranes. It would be great if you could Like and Share our page.