….A True Story
Thursday, March 6 3:30 pm (45 min length)
Light Refreshments and Tour of Kimono Exhibit Follow Play
A Thousand Cranes is based on the true story by Katherine Schultz Miller of 12 year-old Sadako Saski, an excellent athlete who races daily with her friend Kenji to prepare for an important competition.
However, when Sadako falls ill, it is discovered that she has leukemia – an effect of the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima in the war 10 years before.
While in the hospital, Kenji reminds her of an ancient Japanese story; "If a sick person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again." With boundless optimism, she takes on the task of folding hundreds of origami cranes. She does not complete all thousand cranes before she dies but her friends complete them for her.