The origami crane, a symbol of prayer and peace

The origami crane, a symbol of peace, is also a sign of the hope of healing. During the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki was a little girl of two. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to the extensive radioactivity produced by the bomb, she prayed by folding origami cranes in her bed, hoping to cure the illness that took her from us at the age of twelve. The paper crane has become, for the Japanese people, the physical representation of the desire for healing. A book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes", translated into numerous languages​​, has announced worldwide this story and the special significance of the origami crane.

The earthquake and tsunami devastated one third of the total area of Japan and destroyed the lives of thousands of people. We wish to express our compassion to our compatriots and to pay tribute to their courage. We pray with our whole heart to the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant will not get worse.

Japanese living in Montpellier and its surroundings have folded by hand, one by one, many origami cranes thinking of the many victims. We ask that you kindly give us your support.

Any funds that you will bring will be sent to the Japanese Red Cross to be used directly in the affected region.

Opening an Origami Crane

Here is a short text explaining how to open an origami crane.

Start with the crane fully closed:

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First, we will extend the head and tail of the crane.

    Open the wings to expose the head and tail:

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    Then pull the neck slightly forward:

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    Close the crane and press along the new fold at the bottom of the neck:

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    Finally, do the same for the tail:

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Next, we will give form to the body of the crane.

    Hold the wings near to the body where they are widest:

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    Now slowly pull apart such that the body of crane expands:

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    If the crane is too tightly folded for this to occur, push down slightly on the tip of the body help the expansion begin:

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    When the body of the crane begins to take form, pull very gently near the edges of the wings, being careful not to tear the paper.

    If needed, push down on the body slightly:

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Et voilà! Your crane is finished!

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Thank you for following along with this tutorial!

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