1,000 Paper Cranes, Honouring Hiroshima & Nagasaki


Dates & Times:

August 1 - 9, 1-3PM

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After the end of WWII, the paper crane became an internationally recognized symbol of peace through the tragic yet inspiring events of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was 2-years old at the time of the bombing of Hiroshima, like many others, it wasn’t until years later that Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer (in this case) caused by radiation exposure. After her diagnosis, she was determined to fold 1000 paper cranes in hopes of recovery, and for a world of eternal peace. Sadako passed away October 25, 1955 during her fight with leukemia; not quite a year after being diagnosed.

One account states she was only be able to make 644 before she died. Her classmates folded the remaining 356 in honor of her. She was buried surrounded by 1000 paper cranes. Sadako’s friends started to collect money to build a statue in her memory. In 1958, the statue of Sadako Sasaki holding a golden crane was erected in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. 
On August 6th, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day, people from all over the world fold one thousand paper cranes and ship them overseas to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, where they are displayed for the world to see.

Join us on August 1-9 between 1-3PM and help us fold one thousand paper cranes! The paper cranes will be displayed at Nikka Yuko and a picture will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. 

August 1-4 Schedule:

  • 1-3PM: Crane folding inside the pavilion

August 5 Schedule:
  • 1-3PM: Crane folding inside the pavilion
  • 3-3:30PM: Taiko Drumming by Lethbridge Community Taiko Association
  • 3:30-4PM: Minyo Dancing

August 6-9 Schedule:
  •  1-3PM: Crane folding inside the pavilion