The story of Sadako, the little girl who tried to fold a thousand paper cranes after surviving the atomic blast at Hiroshima and subsequently getting leukemia from the radiation, is known around the world. At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, there are a variety of different memorials erected to pay homage to different aspects of the toll of World War II; by far the most colorful and hopeful is the memorial to Sadako and other children whose lives were tragically cut short or irreparably damaged by the bombing. Every year, children and adults from all over the world read Sadako's story and send their own bundles of 1000 paper cranes, to wish for peace and an end to nuclear warfare. These bundles are put into transparent closets, to protect them while still keeping them visible. One of the closets happened to be open as I was visiting the park, so I stuck my head in through the bundles and took a picture of a tiny little golden crane that caught my eye. This was the result.
Gustavus Exchange, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan