2000 Paper Cranes – A Memorial to Sadako Sasaki

2000 Paper Cranes – A Memorial to Sadako Sasaki


An ancient Japanese legend says that whoever folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. I get two. Sadako Sasaki was a child victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She was confined to a hospital, battling leukemia at the age of twelve. Most of her time was spent folding paper cranes. After a while, Sadako did finally complete more than 1,000 paper cranes to fulfill the legend, but unfortunately her wish to be well again was never granted. On the morning of October 25th, 1955, Sadako Sasaki died at the hospital with her family by her side. Setting out to honor her, I started on an art project. Over the course of 5 years, I invested over 70 hours into folding 2,000 cranes of varying shades of gray. Even after I finished the folding, I knew I was only halfway done. To display the cranes, I attached them to a board one at a time, paying careful attention to their order. It was years in the making, but my art project to memorialize Sadako was finally complete. After building a custom a frame, there was only one thing left to do, make my 2 wishes. My first wish is that people not let greed or hatred fuel their actions, but empathy and compassion instead. My second wish would be to have this piece hanging in Hiroshima, where I hope to inspire others. This is not only a memorial to Sadako, but to all the children and innocent victims of war.

80 thoughts on “2000 Paper Cranes – A Memorial to Sadako Sasaki

  1. I've folded a few thousand cranes in my life, but never did anything as cool as this in the end. Good luck getting this to Hiroshima!

  2. I believe the number 644 was made popular by the most prominent book about her; "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr. Most other books and resources account the number to be more than 1,000. The book "One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue" by Takayuki Ishii puts that number at over 1,500. His references included much of Sadako's family including her mother, father, and older brother, Masahiro.

  3. I read her book and in the last pg it said" Sadako looked up at her paper cranes. how beautiful and free they were Sadako sighed and closed her eyes she never woke up

  4. Hi Jeffrey, It always amazes me how misinformed, and insensitive people are to something so beautiful and gracious as your generosity to humanity – they don't get it.
    Acknowledging your talent, time,creating a Heart of Peace for Sadako and ALL children that suffer and die prematurely do to senseless war. Merci beau coup – All is well – JK

  5. I've always read that she only completed around 600 cranes before her death and that her friends finished the remainder, burying her with all 1000. 

  6. Really beautiful………. Sadako's story inspired me to make a thousand paper cranes! I am still on number 10 but I am sure that even if it takes years, I will complete my project. Just like you, I too dedicate it to Sadako. Thanks for sharing this wonderful video 🙂

  7. Wow thank you so much for your love and compassion and ability to share with others through amazing creativity and intricate art. Beautiful. Did you ever get this to Hiroshima.

  8. Thanks you for making this it gave some info on sadako (doing a school project) and this is super cool

  9. I watched this video about a year and a half ago.  It's one of my favorite Youtube videos. I'm so glad that I watched it again today. Just saw your update from January.  I'm happy for you that your wish has come true.  It's such a beautiful and touching piece of artwork.  Tweeted your wish tonight…"Do not let greed or hatred fuel your actions, but empathy and compassion instead" –J.Brown #wordstoliveby

  10. Well done, Jeffrey. A great man for completing this and sharing it with people in such a well thought out manner. The children of Simon de Senlis Primary School, England, were blown away by your compassion! A true inspiration.

  11. very awesome and i loved your message. just wish everyone in government, and around the world got the message.

  12. I am so very happy your touching memorial has found the perfect home. Thank you for your dedication and perseverance. Peace my friend. ox

  13. Amazing Piece Of Art Jeffrey Brown!!! I Have Only Recently Heard Of Sadako Sasaki And I Was Touched By The Perseverance And Determination She Showed, Even When Death Was Staring Her In The Face…… And I Completely Agree With Your Wish At 2:22…… Please Keep This Up And Do Some More Famous People….. Love And Peace From Ireland!! ✌🏻

  14. this is a very touching unselfish act on your part, Jeffrey ………..
    Sadako is smiling up above… bless you …….. thank you …..

  15. Sadako Sasaki was an amazing girl and she was very lucky to survive the horrible bombing but was so unlucky about dying from lukimea and i dont know how to spell it. HOW SAD!

  16. You are my favorite person in the world. You deserve a lot of appreciation for your beautiful artwork. I hope you were able to get it to Japan. You should contact your local Japanese embassy/consulate and request them to help you with sending it to the Hiroshima museum, I'm sure they would love to do that.
    Great work! subscribed ^.^

  17. I beg your wish to come true and you are an amazing artist! God bless you and bring you luck and faith
    You inspire me and I'm utterly moved by this.
    Good job
    😄👍

  18. GREAT STORY!!!!! Did you happen to record your trip to Japan delivering it? I would love to sho my Art students

  19. This is so beautiful and selfless. So my question is how did it get 12 dislikes…

    Even so this was beautiful…

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