An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish or eternal good luck. After being exposed to radiation from the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a girl named Sadako Sasaki developed leukemia and began folding cranes with the wish of survival. Sadako succumbed to her illness at the age of twelve, but her classmates began folding cranes in her honor. The origami crane has now become an international symbol of peace.
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