Years after charred corpses drifting in rivers and the smell of cremated bodies had drifted away, hibakushas carried with them the stigma (and ailments associated with radiation). Many Japanese feared the exposure to radiation might infect others.
She knew the prognosis wasn't good and she didn't want to die. Her father told her a Japanese legend that said if you folded one thousand paper cranes you would be granted a wish. She began furiously folding cranes.
On the 65th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we risk losing the memories of the survivors. I went to Hiroshima in 2001 to interview the hibakusha, literally, the "bomb-affected people."