What is the Million Cranes For Japan Project?
The Million Cranes For Japan Project is a group of motivated organizations and individuals dedicated to raising funds to aid Japan after the terrible earthquake and following tsunamis on March 11, 2011 through the traditional Japanese craft of senbazuru (千羽鶴) . Senbazuru is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.
We are currently folding cranes for:
Help Japan by making paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation – $2 for each crane received – to Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once we reach our goal of 100,000 submissions, the cranes will be woven into an art installation – a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.
One of our major aims is to reach out to schools. If you are a parent, teacher, or student, please see the schools page.