The JSO visits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
The JSO visits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial during its tour of Japan
On August 6, 1945, the US Air Force had dropped the second nuclear bomb in history (the first was a part of the Manhattan Project) on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Of approx. 245,000 people who were at the city, approx. 70,000 had perished immediately, and many more died as a consequence of the radioactive radiation - an estimate of 99,000-166,000 lives. Around 70% of the buildings were destroyed. Hiroshima thus became the first city in history targeted by Nuclear Weapons, and, together with Nagasaki, who was bombed three days later, symbolises the horrors of WOMD
(Weapons of Mass Destruction)
On Dec. 3rd (Saturday) we will be performing in Hiroshima, and yesterday we have received a
present from an anonymous fan of the JSO - A Senbazuru (千羽鶴) Thousand Origami Cranes, a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (折鶴; Orizuru) held together by strings. At certain temples such as in Tokyo and Hiroshima, school groups or individuals often donate senbazuru to add to the prayer for peace. The cranes are left exposed to the elements, slowly dissolving and becoming tattered as the wish is released. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra's CEO, Mr. Yair Stern, and Mr. Toshitake Nakamura the president of Tempo Primo, who had organised our tour of Japan, left the Senbazuru at the Peace Park, near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and held a
mutual prayer for peace in the Middle East.
The thousand origami cranes were became popular through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a
Japanese girl who was 24 months old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukaemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a hospital, began making origami cranes with the
goal of making one thousand, inspired by the Senbazuru legend.
Photos: Dassi Haya Stern, U.S. Navy Public Affairs Resources Website (Public Domain)