The Childrens Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Park – thousands of folder paper cranes are offered there by schoolchildren. The Children’s Peace Monument is also called the “Tower of a Thousand Cranes”, for many thousands of folded paper cranes are offered there all through the year. The origin of the monument can be traced back more than four decades. The Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima is a moving testimony to the ravages done by the nuclear explosion in 1945. Built as a memorial for Sadako Sasaki, the monument stands today as a silent symbol for peace and harmony. The monument was created by Kazuo Kikuchi, then a professor of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music.
The Children’s Peace Monument was unveiled in Peace Memorial Park in 1958. The pedestal has three legs, and standing on the top of that pedestal is a young girl holding a paper crane high over her head. The bronze figures of another girl and a boy decorate the sides of the pedestal. The monument houses a nine meter bronze statue of Sadako holding a golden crane over her head. The towering statue is a virtual symbol of hope and peace, and stands to narrate the brutality of nuclear warfare. The monument gathers over ten million cranes each year, and innumerable colorful cranes adorning the walls have now become a symbol of peace.
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