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One Thousand Cranes Land at Freeport Library

Post Date:10/29/2019 5:00 PM

One Thousand Cranes Land at Freeport Library

 

A thousand paper origami cranes will be part of a special display at the Freeport Library during the month of November. Called “Senbazuru” which literally means 1,000 cranes, this refers not to the wild birds, but to their delicate replication in paper – origami.

There will be three origami craft programs during the month, starting with “Beginning Origami” on Monday, November 4th from 4 to 5 pm. Other programs include “Dollar Bill Origami” on Thursday, November 14th and “Advanced Origami” on Tuesday, November 19th, also from 4 to 5 pm.

The challenge of completing a lei of one thousand folded paper cranes on a string is a great one, but is said to be rewarded with a wish. In particular, folding a thousand paper cranes on behalf of a sick person indicates the maker’s concern for that individual. It is traditionally presented to the sick person so that they may hang them in their room, or given as a wedding gift by a father to his daughter, wishing the newlywed couple a thousand years of happiness.

 

Folding a thousand origami cranes was widely popularized in the poignant story of Sasaki Sadako. Told in various forms, this tale relates how two-year-old Sadako-san was exposed to dangerous levels of radiation during the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. She survived initially, but contracted leukemia a few years later. She was inspired by the legend of the senbazuru and began folding cranes, presumably in the hope of being granted the wish of health on completion of one thousand. Sadako-san, sadly, did not succeed in her wish, however she inspires many each year to fold colorful paper cranes and donate them in leis at shrines across Japan, most frequently at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima.

The public is encouraged to stop by the library to view the thousand paper cranes on display during the month of November. All programs are free and open to the public. The Freeport Library is located at 410 Brazosport Blvd. For more information call 979-233-3622.

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