1000 cranes for peace
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true.
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. She was exposed to radiation and she soon developed leukemia. When she was hospitalized. Her best friend came for a visit and brought her a paper crane. She told the story about the 1000 paper cranes to Sadako. She was inspired by legend and she began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand. In a year she had folded 644 paper cranes before her death. Sadako died at the age of 12. in her honor, her friends completed her mission and folded the rest 356 cranes. Sadako Sasaki was buried with all of the 1000 cranes.
Now the cranes are created in honor of the people who were hurt or killed during the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the tradition folding paper cranes will happen every year until all nuclear weapons have been disabled.
The official slogan:
Let there be Peace on Earth.
Let it begin with me.