Las mil grullas

 

Una antigua leyenda japonesa promete que cualquiera que haga mil grullas de papel recibirá un deseo de parte de una grulla.

Erase una vez una niña, una niña  japonesa, de once 11 que  rebosaba energía y corría saltaba, jugaba, reía, como  todas las niñas sean japonesas o no.  Pero esa niña que había nacido en 1943, era  japonesa y un día empezó a sentirse mal. Alguien la llevó a un médico, y la vida de Sadako Sasaki,  que así se llamaba  aquella niña japonesa nacida en 1943  muy cerca de Hiroshima, cambió. Sadako sufría Leucemia lo que en aquel tiempo se conocía como “la enfermedad de la bomba”

Dicen que su amiga, Chizuko Hamamoto, fue quien le habló de aquella vieja tradición de las mil grullas de papel. Chizuko le regaló la primera grulla, era de papel dorado.

Sadako tenía la esperanza de que los dioses le concedieran el deseo de volver a correr de nuevo y empezó a grullas, entonces conoció a un niño también enfermo como ella.

Haz grullas como yo.

Ya no tengo tiempo moriré esta noche, dijo el niño

Sadako pensó que no sería justo y a partir de ese momento cuando hacía una nueva grulla ya no pensaba tan solo en ella, deseaba, quería confiaba en que aquellos trozos de papel sirvieran para traer la paz y la curación a todas las víctimas del mundo.

Sadako solo tuvo tiempo de hacer 644 grullas de papel. Las restantes las hicieron sus amigos de colegio.

En 1958 en el Parque de la Paz de hiroshima se levantó a una estatua a Sadako. En su base se puede leer lo siguiente

«Este es nuestro grito, esta es nuestra plegaria: paz en el mundo»

 

La fotografía que ilustra este post es obra de mi amiga  Victoria

 

 

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  10. Beatiful pictures. Having Harry’s touch on the crane reminds us that we are all children of the earth and that Japan will need a helping hand from all of us. Nicely done!

  11. That’s great with the framing of your son! I think I’ll have a try to 🙂

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  15. really enjoying your crane shots. when I was a kid my mom sent me to a camp every summer to learn about Japanese culture (I am Japanese-American) and this was one of the first things I learned there.

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  18. Wonderful image again. I must go to your link and learn this. Have an excellent weekend Miss Victoria.

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  20. I’ve bought the paper but haven’t had time to make the crane yet but I will do over the w/e. Lovely shot with the little hand holding the precious crane, gorgoues. Have a great weekend.

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  23. Victoria!!!!!
    Hey how are you?
    Hope you are well – Love the colours and dof
    Just catching up on flickr and I have missed your stream
    love the ideas for Japan
    😉

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  25. I think I’m going to do some of them this weekend… This one’s pretty and I like how he holds the crane in his hand!

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  33. Yeah, whe have several of those cranes wondering around in our home, made by my beautiful daughter and her friends.

    This is a nice polkadot crane :))
    He is holding it like a real treasure, and that it is!

  34. his lips at the corner just make the picture so much more engaging, it’s telling a story! I’ll try making the cranes today, I’ll look for printed paper first or I’ll even make my own 🙂

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  36. Oh my gosh – this is beautiful, Victoria! I had no idea about the 1000 cranes effort for Japan. So glad I know about it, now. I just gave a whole box of origami papers to my husband, Ted. He’s going to fold a whole bunch! He’s so good with that kind of thing – you should see how he wraps presents! I’m so glad to participate! This crane here is just gorgeous and touches my heart so much. May we fold 10 million cranes for 10,000 wishes! =)

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  40. Ooooo… I have to come back to that…
    Will do one at the weekend. Thanks for the link! And I LOVE this pic Vic. 🙂

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  45. Oh wow, I didn’t even know about this group! So special.
    This is a beautiful shot!

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  47. India is making these too, great and beautiful thought my friend! This is just so darn sweet! I am having a hard time continuing to watch the news right now, it’s just heart wrenching! HUGS! m-

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  49. It is catching on… now I want to make one! The ones in my photostream were made by some children. Not sure if they fly, but they send a message of hope.

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  52. It so nice to do, something so small, but if we all do it, it has so much power!

    Love how you boy is holding it!

  53. i’m loving all of your crane shots. from a technical standpoint, they are great photos, but in addition to that, the sentiment is quite touching.

  54. It’s magic! The child’s touch makes this the best of all your cran shots. This would raise funds for the cause! As if that would help…

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