Hiroshima Peace Day (Sadako Sasaki and the Paper Cranes)
When is Hiroshima Peace Day?
August 6th is "A-Bomb Day" - the day that Hiroshima changed forever. Every year it is commemorated with Hiroshima Peace Day, a day to remember the victims, and promote "peace politics" throughout the world.
The city of Hiroshima will forever be remembered for the day the atomic bomb was dropped into its centre, obliterating the entire city. Each year we celebrate Hiroshima Peace Day, to memorialise those who lost their lives, sympathise with the surviving victims, and continue to strive for peace around the world.
Left as a reminder of the devastating effects of nuclear war are the skeletal remains of the A-Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome). The former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was right at the hypocentre of the atomic blast. Miraculously, it was the only building that managed to remain somewhat intact over a blast radius of over 1.6 km. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 7, 1996, and will remain as a symbol for the consequences of nuclear war and humankind's pledge for peace.
The Children's Peace Monument and the Story of Sadako Sasaki
Sadako Sasaki has become a leading symbol of the impact of nuclear war, and her story is told to mark the sombre anniversary of the August 6th Hiroshima bombing.
Sadako Sasaki was a two-year-old Japanese girl living in Hiroshima at the time the "little boy" atomic nuclear bomb was dropped on the city on August 6, 1945. Caught in the black rain (nuclear fallout) that followed, she became ill at ten years old and was diagnosed with leukaemia, caused by her radiation exposure. She was subsequently admitted to Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital in February 1955.