There is a beautiful Japanese legend often referred to as senbazuru or literally 1000 cranes. In Japanese mythology the red-crowned crane is known as the “Honourable Lord Crane” and its wings carried souls up to heaven. The legend promises that if anyone folds a thousand paper cranes they will be granted a wish by the gods. In same cases you are granted happiness or good luck. In Japan the crane is said to live for 1,000 years which is why one must fold 1,000 of them.
This legend became popular after Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who fell victim to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, decided she would fold 1000 paper cranes while she was in hospital. Since then people around the world fold cranes as a symbol of hope.
I have a challenge for our school community – teachers, LSEs, parents, students and anyone who wants to join us. Let’s fold 1000 cranes to bring back to school when we finally go back.
You can find instructions on how to fold a paper crane here. You will need a square sheet of paper (try to recycle) measuring 20 by 20 cm. It is important that you start with as perfect a square as possible and that you fold the paper carefully.
Can we manage this? Can we have a 1000 cranes at school? Start folding!