Sadako Sasaki

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki, co-written by Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother, and Sue DiCicco, founder of the Peace Crane Project, is designed for students and adults wanting to read a first-hand account of war, and the resilience and determination of those at the epicenter of the target of the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. This historically accurate retelling of Sadako’s life brings her complete story to English readers for the first time. ALL PROFITS ARE DONATED TO THE PEACE CRANE PROJECT AND SADAKO LEGACY NPO

Now available worldwide, ask your favorite bookseller to order it, or look for it online. Here are a few links:

Amazon USA  

Amazon Australia 

Amazon Italy

Amazon UK

Amazon Japan

About the Authors

Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother, was born in Hiroshima in 1941. Masahiro, along with Sadako, were exposed to the atomic bombing in 1945. As a teenager, he joined the Acting Construction Committee to build The Children’s Monument of the Atomic Bomb, completed in 1958.

Originally bewildered and wary of Sadako’s fame, Masahiro and his family became concerned that the stories told about her weren’t always accurate. Since 2000, Masahiro has dedicated himself to sharing Sadako’s complete story, and the plight of all atomic war survivors with the world. Masahiro received the Hiroshima Citizen’s Award in 2007 and was awarded the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, the first non-American to receive it. He established The Sadako Legacy, a nonprofit organization, in 2009. Today, Masahiro gives lectures all around the world and promotes activities to connect people for peace.

To inspire others, he has donated Sadako’s cranes to the Pearl Harbor 9/11 Tribute Center, the Los Angeles: Jewish Center, the Truman Museum, the Los Angeles Nikkei Museum, Austria’s Europe Peace Museum, Brazil’s Sao Paulo City Hall as well as various places in Japan including the Okinawa.

Sue DiCicco is a former Disney animator, current sculptor, and prolific author/illustrator.

Propelled by a desire to creatively connect students from every corner of the world in a vision of peace, Sue founded The Peace Crane Project in 2012.

In addition to hosting the Peace Crane Project, Sue now speaks at venues globally, inviting listeners to explore and embrace the power and the potential of the Internet to connect students in creating a more understanding, educated, and integrated future.

Masahiro’s Story

Created as a handout to visitors of the Peace Museum in Hiroshima, this story sheet picks up where The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki ends, revealing what happened to Masahiro and his family in the years that followed. This is free to use. Please click then print, download, copy and share as you wish. For a high-resolution PDF, please contact us.


Peace Crane Project

In 2012, Sue DiCicco began to wonder how ordinary citizens could guide the world’s youth towards a conversation about peace, community, harmony, and connectedness. As a former Disney animator and longtime author and illustrator of children’s books, Sue began exploring the idea of connecting students through the arts. While mulling the possibilities on Facebook, the discussion caught the eye of Deborah Moldow, then chair of the United Nations Peace Day NGO. Deborah asked if Sue could create a project for Peace Day. This was the beginning. Soon, the Peace Crane Project took flight.

Since launching the Peace Crane Project in late 2012, the goal to arm our children with the skills to express themselves creatively, and connect them to one another through the arts has been met with astounding enthusiasm and support around the world. The United Nations Peace Day team has been incredibly generous in their support and encouragement. Rubia Braun, an Australian filmmaker, has been instrumental as well, producing a series of global videos to capture the essence of the Project. Our web guru, Boris D’Zino, and an incredibly generous and capable Board of Directors now help to keep the cranes in flight. But, at its core, is all of you. The teachers, parents, and community leaders that have joined in, one by one, have come together in ways I could never have imagined, to make the Project their own and build a more harmonious world of tomorrow.

To date, nearly two million children, from 154 countries, have participated. These students engage and communicate with one another every day of the year, often building on the network the Peace Crane Project has created, bringing a new level of compassion, appreciation, and understanding to their communities.

To join this incredible adventure, sign up here.

Fold a crane. Meet the world.

Sadako Legacy

Sasaki family with Sadako in her mother’s lap, Masahiro to her left, 1944

Founded by Sadako’s family, the Sadako Legacy NPO strives to bring the world together in an effort to abolish discrimination, conflict, war, nuclear and non-humanitarian weapons.

Sadako Legacy shares the significance of folding cranes and shares Sadako’s legacy and mission through speaking, blogging, and other means of connecting.
Our dream is to host educational summits for teachers who work in Japan, the US, and various countries. Looking beyond our differences, we will gather to discuss the power of working together in our common goal of a peaceful world for our children.

Sadako Legacy is an old school, real world effort, led by Masahiro-san. While its focus does not include maintaining an elaborate web presence, you may visit his Sadako Legacy website in  Japanese 日本語