1000 Paper Cranes
Photo by Kamoda.
The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace in recent years as a result of it’s connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943.
Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, “the atom bomb” disease.
Sadako’s best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.
The above story inspired me to start folding my own 1000 paper cranes, only mine will be folded from recycled paper since we need to be careful with our resources.
Do you feel inspired to help me? That would be fantastic!!
Send me firstname.lastname@example.org a high res pic (800 x 600) of your recycled paper crane in a peaceful place or on a peace monument and I will post it here on the site (with a link to your blog if you like or anonymous) and to the Flickr set you can find here. Every crane will get a number and will be part of the total of 1000.
Here is number 0001:
www.origami.org.uk has great 3D animated instructions on how to make an origami peace crane to get you started.