Traveling Librarian: Hiroshima

This week marked 72 years since the US dropped an Atomic Bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.  Around 80,000 people were killed from the direct blast, with 60,000 more people dying by the end of the year due to radiation poisoning.

Last year, Miss Mileto paid a visit to Japan. Part of her trip included traveling to Hiroshima, where she got the opportunity to visit the Peace Museum.

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Hiroshima Peace Museum.

The peace museum contained many relics and artefacts from the aftermath of the bomb, including the paper cranes of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was a young girl who survived the bombing, however 10 years later she developed leukaemia – a side effect of the radiation that lingered in Hiroshima.

Sadako folded paper cranes because it was said that if you reached 1000 the universe would grant you a single wish. Sadako managed to fold 644 cranes before passing away. Her family and friends folded the remaining 356.

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