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1000 Paper Cranes

Today we want to remember all innocent victims of war and in particular, Sadako Sasaki.

佐々木 禎子, Sasaki Sadako, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955.

Dead Queens will be donating $10 from each piece sold from our

Sadako Sasaki Collection

to

the Peace Crane project

Here is our tribute to Sadako:

A thousand or more and oh how they flew
In order to carry a message from you
An innocent caught in the nuclear fire
Made birds out of paper, with words to inspire
I'm sorry Sadako, this should be haiku:

 

cranes rise from the blast
paper wings, Sadako dreams
peace the world over

 

Sadako is the most widely known Hibakusha - bomb affected person. This young hero Queen was two years old when Hiroshima hit. She lived for 10 more years. While she was hospitalized, she started to fold 1000 origami cranes. It was believed that folding cranes granted the folder a wish. Hence, Sadako's famous quote: "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." Sadako has become the symbol of innocent victims of nuclear war. In 1958, a memorial statue was erected in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. 

Designed by native artists Kazuo Kikuchi and Kiyoshi Ikebe, the monument was built using money derived from a fund-raising campaign by Japanese school children, including Sadako Sasaki's classmates, with the main statue entitled "Atomic Bomb Children".

Beneath the main structure lies a bronze crane that works as a wind chime when pushed against a traditional peace bell from which it is suspended. The two pieces were donated by Nobel Prize winner, Hideki Yukawa

At the base of the monument is a black marble slab on which is inscribed in Japanese:

これはぼくらの叫びです これは私たちの祈りです 世界に平和をきずくための
(Kore wa bokura no sakebi desu. Kore wa watashitachi no inori desu. Sekai ni heiwa o kizuku tame no).
"This is our cry, this is our prayer: for building peace in the world".

The figures that surround the monument are angels, representing that Sadako is in heaven among the other fallen angels who died during the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.The paper crane is a symbol of peace, which was her last dying wish.

Sadako Sasaki Monument

Dead Queens Sadako Sasaki Collection was designed by Japanese artist Takashi Hara in his signature street style graffiti calligraphy, which we love one thousand times over. 

https://www.deadqueens.ca/collections/sadako-sasaki

We aim to make a difference with Dead Queens. It's not just fashion. It's Women. Supporting Women. Celebrating Women. Breaking glass ceilings. Empowering Women. 

 

 

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