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.

ハワイ島ヒロからアロ~ハ!
先週ハワイイ・コミュニティー・カレッジにて緊急に行われた
「がんばれジャパン!一羽の鶴、一つの祈り」と題された
東日本大震災の人々への願いを込めた
千羽鶴を作るイベントに参加させていただきました。

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.
もちろん千羽鶴なんて知らない大学生や地元市民の人たちが
噂を聞き付け少しでも協力したいと大勢駆けつけてくれました。
日本での地震、津波、そして原子炉の問題が毎日報道される中
募金以外に何かできないだろうか?とみんなが感じていたんですね。

 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!

日本人の留学生の皆さんが中心になって折鶴の作り方を
丁寧に教えてあげていました。
口コミで聞いた人等、私はフェースブックにて知ったのですが
とにかくたくさんの人が参加していました!

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

参加してくださった皆さんには励ましの
メッセージも書いていただきました。

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

初めて作ったオリガミ の鶴
皆さんとってもお上手!


 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.

ハワイ大学ヒロ校とハワイ大学付属短期大学両キャンパス内にて
同時開催されたこのイベントでしたが
最終的には3月14日から18日までの期間内で
三千羽以上の折鶴が折られたそうです!

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

こちらがこのイベントの発起人、上原よしえさん
よしえさん、すばらしいイベントを率先してくださりありがとうございました♪
そして日本からの学生の皆さんもお疲れ様でした。
ハワイ大学ヒロ校、そして短期大学内の英語学校のIEP
惜しみないご協力へも感謝感激です!
May all the thousands of cranes' prayers reach those in Japan
especially in the devastation areas.
With Much Love & Aloha, Reiko

一つ一つの鶴に込められた祈りがどうぞ
日本の皆様へ届きますように、
愛とアロハを込めて、
玲子

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