Visit Hiroshima, and take a tour of The Peace Memorial Park. This park is dotted with memorials including a very special one, the Childrens Peace Monument. Here stands a very moving monument that draws everyone in. See the tall stone art sculpture shaped like an arch with a child standing on top holding a crane. Half circling this sculpture are surrounding glass cases filled with something colorful you just can’t make out. You move past the beautiful flowers closer in to see whats in the cases. With all these colorful items you must stop and read an amazing story.
History of the Childrens Peace Monument
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The Children’s Peace Monument was inspired by Sadako Sasaki who developed Leukemia at the age of 11 yrs old in 1955. Sadako Sasaki decided to fold 1000 paper cranes which symbolize longevity & happiness. Sadako was convinced that if she achieved her target then she would recover. Unfortunately, Sadako Sasaki died before reaching her goal, and her classmates folded the rest of the paper-cranes.
A nationwide campaign of folding paper-cranes is inspired by this story and continues to this day. In the glass cases of the Childrens Peace Monument see the thousand of amazing colorful paper-cranes. These paper cranes were folded by special children from all around the world.
Cost of the Childrens Peace Monument
To walk around the grounds for the Peace Memorial Park is free, which includes the Childrens Peace Monument. A Fee of Y50 for admission to the actual Peace Memorial Museum.
Location of the Childrens Peace Monument
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Address
1-2 Nakajimama-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City 730-0811, Japan
Transportation by StreetCar: Take a street car bound for Eba or Miyajima-guchi and get off at Genbakudomu-mae (the A-bomb Dome).
I like to exit off the street car here so I can approache the Peace Memorial Park starting at the Dome. Follow the other people and make your way to the other monuments, and the Childrens Peace Monument. Then you will end up at the Museum. There is a strong message here that is sad but important for everyone to see.