Music Festival Week: 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Life size bronze of Sadako Sasaki

A life size bronze of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who survived the Hiroshima bombing, but later died from radiation sickness at age 12. Children visit the park and bring origami cranes to the statue.
Lisa Norwood/CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

On August 6, 1945, during WWII, the United States military dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshia and Nagasaki, collectively wiping out over one hundred thousand people. This week, we use music to solemnly remember the devastation of these events and the unbelievable destruction and anguish caused by war.

Hiroshima: Thousand Cranes

Recorded Version with Photos from Hiroshima & the Sadako statue

Live Version

Malvina Reynolds: What Have They Done to the Rain

Version by Marianne Faithfull

Version by Joan Baez

Fred Small: Cranes Over Hiroshima

This is a song about Sadako Senaki, a Japanese girl who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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