2014 / Hiroshima peace icon Sadako’s relatives to host cross-cultural meeting, Mar. 2

Sadako Legacy

From left, Masahiro Sasaki, Clifton Truman Daniel, and Yuji Sasaki in New York City in 2010. (photo by Sadako Legacy)

Sadako Legacy, a Tokyo-based non-profit established in memory of Hiroshima peace icon Sadako Sasaki, will be hosting a cross-cultural meeting in Los Angeles where participants will share their experiences and lessons of war, and talk about how they can work together for peace on Sunday, March 2 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (aka Nishi Hongwanji). 

Sadako Sasaki was the 12-year-old girl from Hiroshima who became famous for folding 1,000 origami cranes in hopes of defeating the “atomic bomb disease” before succumbing to leukemia in 1955. 

Her story of determination and hope is known around the world, and the origami crane is now an international symbol of peace.

To carry on in her memory, Sadako’s older brother, Masahiro, and nephew, Yuji, started Sadako Legacy in Tokyo, and have recently established a presence in the U.S. as well.

Entitled, “Bringing Hearts Together with Sadako’s Paper Cranes,” the purpose of this meeting, according to its organizers, is to create a place for two members of Sadako Legacy—Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of former President Harry S. Truman and Lauren Bruner, an ex-Marine and a Pearl Harbor U.S.S Arizona survivor—to meet and build friendships with Japanese American survivors of WWII American concentration camps.

“We are eager to learn about the history of Japanese American people

and hand in hand, we hope to work together to deliver the message of peace to the world,” said Yuji Sasaki.

Along with Sasaki, Truman Daniel and Bruner, Japanese American guest speakers will include Nisei activist and researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga and former California State Assemblyman George Nakano.

Truman Daniel will also announce the formation of Sadako Legacy USA and will ask for the community’s assistance as it plans its U.S. activities. 

Yuji Sasaki, a professional singer and musician with Sony Music in Japan, will also sing his Sadako Sasaki theme song, “Inori,” with local singer Keiko Kawashima, accompanied by musicians Scott Nagatani and Hiro Morozumi.

The meeting will be held in a downstairs classroom at Nishi Hongwanji, located at 815 East First Street in downtown Los Angeles.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Masaki Kobayashi at info@sadakolegacy.jp