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1000 Origami Cranes

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Let’s make origami cranes…

In Japanese culture one thousand origami cranes strung together symbolises hope, peace and healing. We thought it would be a good way to bring people virtually together, to commemorate ten years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011.

Fold an origami crane and post a picture of it on social media using the hashtag #1000Cranes. Aid For Japan will collect all the photos together, and make a collage of one thousand cranes. We will unveil the collective artwork on 11th March 2021 as part of our online cultural fair.

If you can, we’re asking for a £1 donation per crane (click on the button below). All proceeds go to helping the orphans and victims of the tsunami.

Anyone can take part. Make as many as you want. You don’t need special paper!

How to make your crane

Watch Yuka’s origami crane making workshop on how to fold an origami crane.

Or you can follow these instructions with diagrams to help you:

Once you’ve finished making your crane, please take a photo of it following the example below. This will help us make the best photo collage!

How to share your crane

Share the photo of your crane via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #1000Cranes. If you would prefer to send your crane images to us by e-mail, please send them to info@aidforjapan.co.uk

We also welcome messages of support, which can be shared alongside your crane. Many people in Tohoku are still feeling the after effects of the tsunami disaster and would appreciate messages of kindness now more than ever.

Enjoy making your crane – let’s try to make one thousand!

Some of the origami cranes people have already made!

You can see more origami cranes on our dedicated gallery via the link below: