For my Anthropology class here at BYU-Hawaii, we did a class project and invited other students on campus to fold paper cranes at booths throughout the past week.

We made paper cranes in memory of the victims and survivors of the recent Japan earthquake and its subsequent destructive disasters that continue today. Thousands have died and are still missing. Many are evacuating their homes, particularly the Northeast part of Japan. 
Folding 1,000 paper cranes is part of Japanese culture and it is a sign of wishing peace. The practice started shortly after the nuclear bomb was dropped in Japan at the end of World War II to comfort those afflicted and represent hope and peace. The cranes we folded were pieced together to create the Japanese flag - and given as a gift to the Japan Chapter to honor the Japanese culture.




We have had amazing feedback - Japanese students walking through the Aloha Center gaze up at the flag of cranes and smile happily, thanking us for doing what we did. It is very rewarding to know that such a small thing can comfort Japanese students who are so far from their homes in a time of tragedy. Keep Japan in your prayers.
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3 comments on FOR JAPAN.

  1. loved this! that's a lot of folding :) What a wonderful idea/activity! And I know that paper cranes are for good luck and blessings...prayers to Japan always :)


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