To Make a Wish

Since the earthquake in Japan on March 11th, I’ve followed the news with great sadness. I first learned of the disaster early Saturday morning when a bout of insomnia had me up and browsing the internet at 2 a.m. By this time the tsunami had already struck and was on its way to Hawaii. Videos were already uploaded to YouTube and I watched the very surreal destruction of villages and towns along the coast.

Now almost two weeks later, the news updates are less frequent, but nonetheless they are still horrific. With a possible breach in the reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the situation only becomes more grave. It is distressing enough to deal with this news as adults, the situation feels so hopeless. How does one even try to explain this to children? This thought reminded me of a skill I have taught many times to kids throughout the years, the skill of origami. Most specifically the crane. 千羽鶴, Senbazuru is a Thousand Paper Cranes. It is said that a wish will be granted to those who fold one thousand paper cranes. As I fold these cranes I would like to wish that everything would be alright for Japan, but how does something like this ever become alright? So my wish is that things will simply be better. Folding the cranes gives one a feeling of hope which is something I think we could all use right now.

If you would like to join me in folding your own Senbazuru, you can find instructions here.  And you can find origami paper to download and print here.

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1 comment for “To Make a Wish

  1. at 8:54 am

    I am with you. I feel so horrible for Japan. They’ve always been one of the places I most want to visit, and feel a kinship with. Their innovation and culture of hard work are beautiful to witness. I will fold my own crane for them today.

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