Come Back to Me Again, Sadako

Sadako Sasaki was only two when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Ten years later she was diagnosed with leukemia, the “atomic bomb disease.” She died on October 25, 1955. Sadako was inspired by the Japanese saying that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, you are granted a wish. She folded more than 1,000 with the wish to get well, but her wish didn’t come true. The following year, her mother wrote a moving letter to her.

This post is moved to: Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes. A mother’s letter.

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  1. shakira said, on 2009/04/21 at 5:11 pm

    i am very sorry about sadako and in my city we were talkin about ur dautger and we cried and im vervy sad about tha ok

  2. Anonymous said, on 2010/01/03 at 7:13 pm

    aww so sad we love sadako and and everything about her

  3. abeba said, on 2010/01/10 at 4:08 am

    yes i am abeba but i reiding sadako’s giveing my my techer to school

  4. Anne said, on 2010/08/06 at 10:52 am

    How horrible that things like this happen! I really feel sorry for all the people that passed away and the families of them and everyone who had to suffer because of this.
    I didn’t knew about this story until today, ‘coz I’m not from Japan.. Its so sad.

    I really hope things like this never happen again!

  5. mj lover said, on 2010/08/15 at 2:25 am

    That is so sad I am very sorry of what happened to her

  6. shakira said, on 2010/10/26 at 1:44 am

    heii im shakira wen i wasz in 5gr. we started to read sadako and the hirshina but im realli sorr bout sadako saskii and her moither but now they are both in heaven together and i want dios god to keep them safe

  7. Gloocoer said, on 2010/11/30 at 9:34 pm

    Thats so sad. I know Sadako’s story and I always cry when I remember her.
    P.S I would like to read original in Japanese.

  8. Izatulla said, on 2010/12/10 at 2:53 pm

    I have read about Sadako for many many times. This is one of the most miserable stories in the World. She is always in my heart. I pray Lord bless her and give a place in Heavens.

  9. Josie( I entered the wrong name said, on 2011/03/21 at 10:59 pm

    Oh, Sadako! I feel very sorry for you! I hope you are living in peace in heaven! I am detacated to folding the cranes you never did! I’m so sorry! I cry just thinking about you!

    This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace to the world.

  10. Anonymous said, on 2011/08/09 at 9:06 am

    Please bring peace for thousands of innocent children. I proud of you Sadako-san

  11. Anonymous said, on 2011/11/22 at 5:36 am

    i feel very sorry about sadako

  12. nia said, on 2012/03/15 at 5:34 am

    I read the story in the third grade and my Teacher told me the book was good. i finished the book and i cried. she was so strong. and her story is great and i still read it till this day. R.I.P Sadako

  13. Anonymous said, on 2012/05/11 at 5:11 pm

    I cried after reading this book. I don’t think I could live, knowing my daughter had to go through what Sadako had to go through. I have much respect for this story, and all the children and innocent lives that were taken away from them. May your hearts rest in peace..and may our dream of peace come true.

  14. Rasheida Irvin said, on 2012/05/27 at 4:59 am

    So sad

  15. Amaterasu Takabayashi said, on 2012/05/27 at 5:06 am

    When I read Sadako’s story, I was so inspired by it. Why in the world would the U.S.A. use the atomic bomb against Japan?????? Weird huh?
    I am folding 1000 paper cranes in honor of Sadako Sasaki. Then I’ll donate them to the Hiroshima Peace Park soon.
    Read Sadako’s story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
    Read it. So sad. :(

  16. Bella said, on 2012/05/27 at 5:11 am

    Sad story. My friend is goinh through the same stuff like Sadako did. Now her?
    Come on now, people!!!!!! Bring peace to the world! :)

  17. Amruta said, on 2012/07/04 at 12:34 am

    very sad when sadako died so sad story .

  18. jonek said, on 2012/07/16 at 10:14 am

    I believe the paper xrane will be touching the hearts of all the people in the world and the nuclear war will be stopped. Thank for it , Sadako.

  19. Anonymous said, on 2012/09/23 at 7:22 pm

    so sad.
    i want to help her!
    R.I.P. Sadako

  20. bisma said, on 2013/01/01 at 1:27 pm

    We love you sadako :(

  21. Goku San said, on 2013/03/13 at 2:59 pm

    I saw a lay recently called one thousand cranes. Sadako had so much hope that she’d survive. But not all people can cheat death.
    RIP Sadako Sasaki!

  22. candy said, on 2013/11/02 at 5:56 pm

    i cried as i read … and i’m not the type of person that would cry so easily ,,, its a heart breaking sad story..

  23. Hinata Hyuga said, on 2013/12/13 at 1:46 am

    I remember since Jk we read bout sadako. and i could never be strong in front of my friends and not cry I’m so sorry

  24. Nikki Coates said, on 2014/05/08 at 3:02 pm

    My heart is heavy & Im so sorry for this mothers loss. My daughter (who is 11) & I are reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Whilst it is tragically sad, I hope & prayer that such an atrocity never occurs again. Rest in peace Sadako.

  25. travesaou said, on 2014/06/29 at 10:40 pm

    I remember reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes when I was a little girl and thinking, ‘I didn’t know there was such a thing as atomic bombs and children dying of cancer’. Very sad story but a wish for peace and no more atomic bombs that we hope won’t be forgotten.

  26. Chris Howland said, on 2014/07/07 at 4:49 pm

    I am 70 years old and ashamed to admit I have only just read of Sadako. What a sad story and when is the world going to grant her wish. Children must never suffer in any way.
    Live on Sadako and may your voice be listened to. You were one Brave girl and I admire and love you. Xxx

  27. Anonymous said, on 2014/07/21 at 12:19 pm

    Sadako Sasaki,

    You were a brave, brave girl

    You battled leukaemia and lost
    Though you knew you were dying you still had hope and only the strongest of people can do that.

    Sadako you will never be forgotten

    Let your soul rest in peace

  28. Anonymous said, on 2014/07/22 at 12:28 pm

    We all love you Sadako <3

  29. Anonymous said, on 2014/08/06 at 8:59 pm

    Sadako is truly an angel she’s an hero but its sad she died @ the age of 12 Sadako’s legacy shall live on

  30. Isabelle Connor said, on 2015/01/11 at 4:18 am

    This is soooooo sad it made me cry! But I wish I could meet sadako

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  32. Jill Woodward said, on 2015/06/22 at 6:21 pm

    Do you happen to know who one would contact to inquire about copywright?

  33. Anonymous said, on 2015/12/09 at 11:00 pm

    i read the book and the story inspired me to try me best in everything like sadako

  34. Anonymous said, on 2017/02/09 at 9:49 am


  35. Anonymous said, on 2017/11/07 at 9:34 pm

    it was very sad

  36. angelorphan said, on 2018/03/03 at 4:08 pm

    Greetings.I’m Japanese and grew up hearing about Sadako-chan’s short life.For nowaday’s young people,A-Bomb and what it will cause is getting very vague,even for Japanese.People tend to think it’s effective weapon…a mistake which cannot make again.Thank you for translating her story and letting world know about Sadako-chan.

    Kaori Tokyo,Japan

  37. Anonymous said, on 2019/11/11 at 8:13 pm

    Very sad

  38. Jacob Dozor said, on 2019/11/19 at 4:08 pm

    Sadly this is what the world is really like and we can’t change it, Bye Sadako

  39. Anonymous said, on 2021/02/12 at 8:10 pm

    it gives me tears

  40. pak Amin said, on 2021/04/17 at 1:29 pm


  41. lilyhall8078 said, on 2021/07/18 at 1:22 pm

    So,so sad. :(

  42. Anonymous said, on 2022/03/12 at 6:23 pm

    I have read the wonderful book and it made me cry in sadness. Sadako had such a wonderful personality and heart, and she would have grown up to be a strong young woman. I pray for her.

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