zondag 1 januari 2012

Happy New Year and do you want some origami paper cranes from France?

I wish you and your loved ones  good health and peace in 2012. Thank you for all your comments on my blog in 2011,  your friendship, and your inspiration.

I want to give you something in the beginning of this new year. On New Years Eve and today I have been folding origami paper cranes. I already have about 80 cranes.  Do you know the story of these Japanese paper cranes?

In Japan it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper cranes makes a person's wish come true.
A thousand paper cranes are traditionally given as a wedding present by the father , who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple.

The thousand origami cranes was popularized through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing in Hiroshima during the World War 11.
Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, inspired by the cranes legend, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand. In a popular version of the story as told in the book about Sadako, she folded only 644 before her death; in her honor her friends completed the rest and buried them all with her.
In an alternate version of the story she completed the 1000canes before her death.

Sadako's short life has also inspired another sort of legacy: the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima. After Sadako's death , her classmates sought to ho,or their friend by creating a monument to mourn all the children who died from atomic bombing.

Beneath the pedestal , there is an inscription:

This is our cry. This is our prayer. For building peace in the world.

Though I cannot give you 1000 paper cranes , I want to give you ten, one for every 100........
If you want to receive 10 origami paper cranes, folded by me, leave me a comment and I'll contact you for your address.

17 opmerkingen:

  1. What a fabulous story baukje, I've seen the cranes but I've never heard the reason behind them. I would love some...
    What a lovely way to start a new year...cranes for peace..

  2. I would be honoured to receive some of your beautiful cranes, Baukje. I will display them in my sewing room to remind me of the important message of the Peace Monument. Bless you.

  3. I have a special place in my heart for paper cranes, and would love to have one made by you. (Did you see the post I did on cranes last year?) I have a big jar of cranes here in my crafting/sewing room. Some have been folded by my Mom and daughter, and the rest by me.

    A few years ago, I read Sadako's story to the children at church. Over the next couple of weeks we folded 1000 cranes as we learned different ways to have peace on earth. Some friends were traveling to Japan to visit their daughter, so they took our box filled with origami cranes to the airport. At first the airline was going to charge my friends for excess baggage fees, but when they learned what was inside, they wanted to help get the cranes to Japan, and put the box onboard for free. When my friends visited the Peace Park with their daughter, Japanese school children came running over to help them hang our strings of cranes. The experience moved them to tears.

  4. How wonderful! And I love Garden of Daisies' comment, too. I would be honored to hang paper cranes hand-made by you! I had never heard the story, but now I will get more information from the library!

  5. i tried to make such cranes but everytime i get stuck with the tutorials on how to fold them... seeing you hill of cranes make me want to start folding again till i get it right!Wishing you a verry happy and healthy new year! gelukkig 2012 as we say it over here


  6. This is a great idea! I knew the story, but I am glad that you remind me of it...I will read it to my daughters... @GardenofDaisies your story is beautiful too...Have a peaceful in very happy new year!

  7. This is one of our family's favorite stories. If you send me some cranes, I would be happy to send you a bit of fabric printed with paper cranes. What a delightful way to begin the new year...with hope and peace.

    Thank you, Baukje.

  8. Your cranes are so special. The papers are beautiful. I would love to have a crane from you. I am playing catch up with blogs and just love the quilt you made and finished a few posts back. Your Christmas ornaments are gorgeous too. You certainly have many creative talents. Thanks for visiting my blog and your encouraging words on my endeavor to try something new. Sharon

  9. Hi Baukje, I visited this memorial in Hiroshima, Japan a few years ago. I would love to have a crane, just because it is made by you. Kerry

  10. I would love ten of your paper cranes. I think they would make a nice mobile they are so pretty and then I could tell my little grand daughter what they represent.

  11. I really must master paper crane folding Baukje - I've always wanted to make them but haven't managed a good one - yours look so neat! I'll try again. Love this post - and Garden of Daisies story too.

  12. I would absolutely love your paper cranes Baukje. If you send them, I will hang all over my studio and think of you and the meaning of the cranes!

    I'll send address to your e-mail

  13. Thank you Baukje, your beautiful little cranes arrived today, now I just have to learn to fold them so I can add to my flock..

  14. Thank You Baukje!
    I would love to have some of your Cranes.
    I will hang them alongside the ones I have folded my self.
    Love Hanne

  15. Wow, you will be very busy making the cranes! They are lovely!
    Karen xx I remember loving origami when I was a child.

  16. I have worked with children for thirty years as a pre-school teacher for thirty some years.I have a disease now that limits me in my teaching in a classroom setting. My heart and soul will always be with little ones and learning from them and with them as I move forward in my second life!
    I love this story of hope and wishes for all children and grownups too. I would enjoy some or one of your beatiful cranes to bring good fortune to 2012!

    1. PLease give me your adress and I'll send you some cranes.