Year 10 students in CAS Japanese learned about the story of Sadako, a young girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II as an infant. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with leukemia a decade later and spent 8 months in hospital. After a visiting friend told her of the Japanese legend that any wish could be granted if you folded 1000 origami cranes, she devoted her remaining time to achieving this new goal. However, to the despair of her family and friends, Sadako passed away at the mere age of 12.
To commemorate her vivid life, Sadako’s friends built the Children’s Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Inspired by this moving story, students decided to make 1000 cranes themselves and display them by the monument, as some of the members are going to visit the park on the 2nd of August during Tonbridge Grammar School’s first tour in Japan this summer. Some of the members of Y12 Ab Initio Japanese supported them by starting the Origami club.