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The Sasakis of the Sasaki Barbershop have a baby.

Barely into the new year of 1943, the Sasakis of the Sasaki Barbershop had a baby girl in the middle of the night on January 7.

One of the Sasaki Barbershop's customers was an expert on telling fortunes based on names. Wanting their little girl to grow up healthy and strong, the Sasakis asked the naming expert to pick a name for their child. He picked "Sadako."


The war changes everyone's lives.

The lives of the people became tougher as the war dragged on. The year Sadako was born, her father was drafted into the military. He was assigned to be a medic who nursed sick or injured soldiers at the Army Hospital in Hiroshima.

While he was gone, Sadako's mother got relatives to help her keep the barber shop running.
 
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Sadako's family
Father Shigeo (right, standing)
Mother Fujiko (holding Sadako on her lap)
Grandmother Matsu (Shigeo's mother, next to Fujiko)
Older brother Masahiro (two years old, 3rd right in the front)
1945 : Sadako at Two