Sulle ali di una gru / Tsuru ni notte (On A Paper Crane)

We at Scuola Toscana have the great possibility to meet people from all over the world, and this is the thing we like mostly  – therefore, it is our duty to use this asset to do also something socially useful.

There is a moving “anime”, a japanese cartoon, “On a paper crane”. It’s about the story of Sadako, the famous girl of Hiroshima.

August 6, 1945, Sadako Sasaki was two years old. She was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bomb,  but survived, and became a cheerful little girl, loved by all, very good at school and at sport.
One of the most terrible features of the diseases caused by radiation, is that they can strike many years after. Sadako fell ill just before the end of his sixth year of school. On February 21, she was admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia of the lymphatic system.
Classmates of Sadako went to see her encouraging her not to lose hope.
One day Sadako received a letter that said that her desire for healing would be realized if she folded a thousand paper cranes. From that moment, every day she folded sheets of paper in the features of small cranes, in the hope to be healed.

After a struggle of nine months, however, October 25, 1955 Sadako died.

Classmates of Sadako did not want his death to be in vain. They called together the student groups from various schools of Hiroshima to build a statue in memory of Sadako.

The appeal of the children and the art of making paper cranes spread across Japan and then in the rest of the world. On May 5, 1958, on the national holiday called “Children’s Day”, a statue of Sadako was unveiled as to ask the crane to carry his spirit and the desire for peace of all children in every corner of the world.

This anime  tells the story of Sadako in a passionate way, so that also the children of our days can get to know the horrors of the nuclear weapons and the value of peace. This “anime” is released in Japanese and in French, and we at Scuola Toscana wish to have it translated also in Italian, so that also the Italian children can understand and participate in the struggle against the nuclear weapons and for the world peace.

It needs some money to do it professionally , and next friday we will meet with our students for an aperitivo to present this campaign and hopefully raise some money  – you can also give your contirbution , there is a site where you can make your offer and help us to realise this dream, to make the peace in the world a bit closer . Here you find the link, have a look and do your best !

sulle ali di una gru / on a paper crane

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