The Beautiful Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido

My first encounter with a red-crowned crane was many, many years ago. I was probably around six when I first saw the Japanese folktale book, Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Crane’s Return of Favour). In the story, a red-crowned crane is rescued from a hunter’s trap by an old man. Under the disguise of a woman, the crane visits the man and his wife to repay them for helping her. Continue reading “The Beautiful Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

This post is in response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “Gone, But Not Forgotten

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“Symbols of Peace”

The Nagasaki Bomb Museum is confronting and a stark reminder of the horrors of war. But the neighbouring Peace Park is a calm and beautiful dedication to those who lost their lives. They may be gone, but they’ll never be forgotten.

The true story behind the origami cranes being hung up at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Parks goes back to a little girl called Sadako Sasaki. Nine years after the atomic bomb, she developed cancer from having been exposed to the radiation. While she was in hospital, she decided she would fold 1000 origami cranes. It’s a legend that whoever can meet this challenge will be granted anything they wish for. Some stories say she completed more than she needed, while others say she didn’t reach her goal, but regardless, in the end the cancer won. She became a hero amongst her family and friends, and soon the entire country knew about “Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes”.