Sadako Sasaki Hiroshima 1945


World Children Haiku


“this is our cry
this is our prayer
Peace in the world”

“On the morning of. August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb of the world ever to be dropped, exploded it the heart of Hiroshima. In less time than it takes to blink your eyes, countless innocent lives were lost. So enormous was this unprecedented tragedy that the destruction caused by natural disasters or conventional weapons paled beside it.”

“Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl who lived near Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima. She was only two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. At the moment of explosion she was at her home, about 1 mile from ground zero. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1954, at age eleven, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease".

Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand origami paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. However, it was not just for herself that she wished healing. It is said that what made the girl truly special in her effort was her additional wish to end all such suffering, to bring peace and healing to the victims of the world. She spent fourteen months in the hospital, and she folded over 1,300 paper cranes before dying at the age of twelve. She folded the cranes out of her medicine bottle wrappers and any other paper she could find in hopes of getting better.

After her death, her friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who died from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. It was also a popular cause for children and others in Japan. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.”

Haiku For Peace – In Memory of Sadako Sasaki

Mevsimsiz Publishing House in Turkey is planning to publish “1000 Haiku for Peace” anthology in memory of Sadako Sasaki in August 6, 2007 in English and Turkish. We are looking for 100 haiku and senryu poets in order to help us to make this project real. All over the world who believes the peace; all over the world, who would like to stop the war in Palestine, Lebanon, Africa.

Each haiku and senryu poets shall have 10 haiku or senryu in the anthology. A brief biography has to be for each kuyu and credits (awards, commendments, first publishing...) may be mentioned. They could send us 10 or more haiku for selection. Both unpublished and previously published Haiku are okay. Free copy of the book is going to be sent to the each haiku poet participated in the anthology.

It means not only haiku about peace, but also haiku for peace. Every kind of haiku or a senryu could be, but if haiku refer to peace or make people think about peace may be good. In fact we
believe, pure haiku even that is not about the peace, is the peace. Maybe we could say, haiku is a natural appereance of the peace.

Since now, 20 haiku poets have send their Haiku for the Project. I really thank to them again...

Don’t hesitate for any question and please send your haiku to


Mevsimsiz Publishing House Editor / Istanbul / Turkey

Related words

***** Haiku about Children

The Class of Sadako Sasaki, Hiroshima

***** World Children Haiku 世界の子供の俳句

***** Hiroshima Day, August 6 1945, Japan




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