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Friday, March 18, 2011

1000 paper cranes

Paper cranes have a special place in Japanese culture. An old legend promises that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. A crane is a mystical and holy creature in Japan.

Usually, 1000 paper cranes will be strung together and brought to people who are emotionally or physically unwell, have suffered a tragedy, or have received devastating news.

damiec on flickr started folding paper cranes this week as a symbol of companionship with other people. To spread love, hope and blessings in parts of the world where they are most needed right now.

We all know a lot of people in Japan are suffering right now. Let's reach out with our hearts and our hands, all around the world, to fold cranes to make wishes for the people in Japan.

Get your origami paper out and join in at the 1000 paper cranes group on flickr.
Our lovely Kim (mosey) is raising money to send to people in Japan, along with her wishes and blessings. Go to her blog to read more about it, and help make a difference.

(cranes by Suki, Tammy, Mosey, Kirstin, Michel, Maureen, Ashley and Damiec)


  1. Thank you all so much for your beautiful contributions to the pool and for helping to spread the word and grow the flock.

  2. I have never folded a crane, but I've always wanted to try. And now I will! Thanks for this post.

  3. fab idea. I saw damiec's crane and went searching for ones I had, I didn't make them, but I have a ton of characters. found a few cranes :)

  4. Great idea! Now I need to learn to make a paper crane...

  5. Great idea, I've added an image too.

  6. Such a beautiful idea! It would be great if the crane photos could go in a book that would benefit the relief.

  7. This is such a lovely idea. I am so glad Ashley Sisk told me about it. I would love it of you could link up this post to my blog today as a few of us are linking up posts we have published about Japan. This is such a lovely idea.

    Best wishes always,

  8. I finally got my crane made! I love this idea. I'll be adding mine as well. You all made such beautiful ones.

  9. Great project... I even learned to make cranes, a fun process!

  10. I found the 1000 Cranes for Japan group and learned to make an origami crane. Love that they found a company that is offering $5 a crane photo for the first 1000 submitted to them. Read more at the Miya Company web page www.miyacompany.com/static.asp?htmltemplate=1000cranes.html

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