An origami created by a girl who contracted leukemia and died as a result of Hiroshima's atomic bombing will be displayed at the visitor center of a memorial for victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Sadako Sasaki folded hundreds of origami paper cranes while she battled leukemia. She died in 1955 at the age of 12.
The origami is one of three owned by the nonprofit organization Sadako Legacy headed by her elder brother, Masahiro Sasaki, 70.
It is said in Japan that a person's wishes will come true if he or she folds 1,000 paper cranes.
"We hope the country that started war by attacking Pearl Harbor (in 1941) and the other that ended the war by dropping the atomic bombs (in 1945) will reach an end of the war from the heart, discarding their old grudges," Sasaki said.
"We hope the origami will serve as a catalyst for that."
Sasaki will visit Hawaii to hand over the origami at a donation ceremony in September.
Clifton Truman Daniel, the 55-year-old grandson of Harry Truman, the U.S. president who authorized the 1945 atomic bombings, worked as a go-between so the origami could go on display at the Visitor Center of the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu.
Documentary footage of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor is shown at the center.
The origami will be housed in a climate-controlled environment so as to avoid any damage.
The Japanese NPO is seeking contributions for the display case.
To learn more, go to (http://www.sadako-jp.com/).
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