This is a cause and a corresponding call to action that is near and dear to me. I have an obsession with origami cranes that has existed since I folded my first crane for my baachan’s birthday (my great grandmother, although we called her by a japanese word for grandma). Cranes have been part of major celebrations such as my wedding, and they have found their way into my artwork too.
DoSomething.org is calling for young people (under 25) to fold origami cranes in support of Japan and all the people affected by the disaster. If you would like to participate, or fold in solidarity, here is a video on youtube that will show you everything you need to know.
check out the project:
DoSomething.org, 3/11/11 In response to the massive earthquake and devastating resulting tsunami that hit Japan, we at DoSomething.org are appealing to young people throughout the world to share their love and support for the Japanese people with “Paper Cranes for Japan.” The task is simple: Find and upload a photo of an origami paper crane OR Make your own and take a quick pic of it THEN upload that photo along with a message of support to [our] Facebook page. Why cranes? Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish — like long life or recovery from illness — by a crane. We’re looking to collect 100,000 photos of origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes for relief and healing to all who affected by this tragic natural disaster.