Senbazuru Paper Cranes and the story of the little girl Sadako Sasaki

The image of paper cranes must be no stranger to most of us. Although the paper crane is small, it is a symbol of the desire for peace and warmth, especially for the Japanese people, it also has another meaning.

Jan 18, 2023 - 09:00
Feb 3, 2023 - 08:36
Senbazuru Paper Cranes and the story of the little girl Sadako Sasaki

Surely everyone has read about a story about a 12-year-old girl infected with radiation from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki. Carrying a white blood cancer, but also living in a war situation. But with her extraordinary energy, she leisurely folded small paper cranes with a wish for world peace.

The image of a small girl sitting next to the window frame and constantly folding cranes has touched many people's hearts. 644 was the last number left by Sadako Sasaki because she was too weak and could not fold anymore that was also the day she left the world. To commemorate her actions, everyone joined hands to fulfill her wish to fold 1000 cranes for her and the world was also peaceful. Since then it is said that when you fold 1000 paper cranes your wish will come true. This story is also a great inspiration for later poets and writers.

Today, cranes are also used as objects in the house, hanging on the door further contributes to the innocence of children's wishes, people also rebuild a crane covered with worm chains. colorful. Each string of cranes is equivalent to 1,000 paper cranes.

Paper used for folding cranes and making origami model cranes is widely sold in Japan, a senbazuru set includes 1000 (or more) sheets of paper, string, and beads to place at the end of each string to prevent the need for Magnetic slide out crane. Normally the cranes assembled are 25 ropes with 40 cranes. And simple colors without textures.

The size of the origami paper doesn't matter when assembling a thousand paper cranes, but smaller sheets make for smaller and lighter crane ropes. The most common size for senbazuru is 7.5 x 7.5 cm (3.0 in x 3.0 in). Some people cut their own squares from whatever is available, such as magazines, newspapers, books, and printed paper. Origami paper used for senbazuru is usually solid in color, although printed designs are available. Larger size origami paper, usually 6×6 inches, usually has a traditional Japanese or floral pattern, reminiscent of a kimono style.

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