Monday, March 21, 2011

One Crane One Prayer from Hawaii

 Aloha Kakou! I would like to share my experience I had last week 
with some of the Japanese and local communities, on the Hawaii Community College Campus.
"Ganbare JAPAN! One Crane One Prayer", 
an origami folding event of "Senbazuru" or thousand cranes.


In Japan, it is believed that folding 1,000 origami cranes 
makes a person's wish come true. 
 The crane in Japan is a symbol of good luck and longevity, 
and is said to live for a thousand years.  
This makes them popular gifts at times of difficulties or happiness, 
as each crane is folded with prayers.

 The Japanese students helped to be instructors
as students and community members dropped by
upon hearing about this effort through 
word of mouth, and in my case, Facebook, of course!


 Participants signed and wrote down messages of 
well wishes and aloha to the people of Japan.


 Even first timer "origami folders"
were able to make these beautiful cranes!

初めて作ったオリガミ の鶴

 Here are some of the cranes that got folded while I was there. 
Eventually, I heard there were at least 3,000 cranes
that got folded in total between
University of Hawai'i Hilo and Hawai'i Community College Campuses.


This is Yoshie Uehara, a student at Hawai'i Community College 
who was the key force in organizing and getting this started.
 Mahalo nui loa Yoshie-san for leading the way, and
to the kind support and cooperation from the UH Hilo and Haw CC

May all the thousands of cranes' prayers reach those in Japan
especially in the devastation areas.
With Much Love & Aloha, Reiko



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