Why to fold Origami and Send It to Japan?

Support in ways of funding or material donation is important and will be needed to reconstruct the country. The level of damage is incredible and moral support is of great importance to get the reconstruction machine running. The origami chains from all over the world will do more than you imagine. It shows the Japanese people that they are not alone; we think about them and pray for them. Take A4 size (letter) sheet, cut off part to make it square and fold a crane according to instructions below (can be done in 3 minutes). Get bunch of friends to do the same and tie them together. Then have your name carried over to Japan and provide encouragement needed to rebuild the country.

Thousand Origami Cranes Legend (千羽鶴)  Senbazuru

It is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures, and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true.
Ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_origami_cranes

The legend became very powerful in Japan with a girl, who suffered from leukemia and tried to recover by folding a thousand cranes.  She managed to complete only a portion before she died and her friends completed the remainder. This story had spread throughout Japan, and folding a thousand origami cranes became a symbol of supporting each other. There is a monument for the deceased girl in Japan and many people commemorate her memory by placing crane origami chains there.

How to Fold a Crane

YouTube guide

downloadable instructions (pdf)





What you Can Do To Join the Initiative

  1. Organize your community (friends, school or global company, etc.) to fold 1000 cranes, put name of creator on each crane’s wing. You may connect this activity with fund-raising for Japan.
  2. Connect these cranes with a string as per picture above in chains not to exceed 1,5 meters in length (5 feet).
  3. Download a badge and fill it in with name of who you represent and your location.
  4. Tie the badge to the end of the chain.
  5. Take a picture and submit it to origamiforjapan@gmail.com along with the information about who you represent. If you want, you can provide more information about the way you support Japan recovery efforts and we will publish it.
  6. If you like, stick the picture to the badge from the back side.
  7. Send your origami chain to Japan collection point by end of 2011.
  8. Location of origami display is TBD; hopefully as part of an official rememberence event; and it shall be there as a message of encouragement from all of us, who will have united to contribute.

Origami Chains Collection Points

attention to Hiro Kinashi; AIESEC Alumni Japan, OBAIESEC Building, 8-10-15 GINZA, CHUO-KU, Japan 104-0061

USA/Canada (http://www.millioncraneproject.org/)
attention to Tomoko Shibata; 211 Jones Hall; East Asian Studies Dept.; Princeton University; Princeton, NJ 08544

  • we are striving to arrange for local collection points in your area, and we will update the information as it becomes available

Badge download

3 Responses to How to Join

  1. Marty says:

    What paper should I use?

  2. Jan says:

    Any paper available, that can be made to square size, preferably A4 size or similar. Usually colorful papers are used, but plain white with your sign on the wing is good too.

  3. Hirokazu Nakajima says:

    This is a nice project. As an AIESEC Japan alumni, I want to support this origami for Japan. I make origami cranes at the pub in Kyoto city named Zen Cafe.

    I hope that this project will cheer up people suffering from the big earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant issues.