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Young cancer victim left her mark in illustrated book

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I recently read a picture storybook titled "Soramame Kazoku no Pikunikku" (Fava bean family's picnic).

It was written and illustrated by Shoka Morikami, a young girl in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, who died last year. She was only 12.

The story's protagonist, Soramame-san, was created in the image of Shoka's own footprint, which she made by smearing the sole of her foot with green paint and pressing it on drawing paper.

She was in the hospital at the time, undergoing treatment for a rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer, which was discovered on her left leg when she........

© The Asahi Shimbun