Peace, human rights, and 1,000 origami cranes

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Celebrate the unveiling of a senbazuru with the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba

What do 1,000 origami cranes look like when they are strung together?

Join us at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba as master origami artist Brian Cox reveals a senbazuru, a mobile made out of 1,000 origami cranes. Museum visitors folded the cranes contained within the senbazuru during Peace Days 2017. This annual festival promotes peace and compassion, and hope and human rights.

The origins of cranes symbolizing peace extend back to the Second World War. Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb fell on her home city of Hiroshima. She soon developed cancer from radiation exposure. While receiving treatment in the hospital years later, she learned of an ancient Japanese legend that claims anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish by the gods. Eager to experience a more peaceful world, Sadako immediately set to work. Sadako passed away at the age of 12 before she could fold 1,000 cranes. The remaining cranes were made by her friends and classmates, who showed empathy and compassion for Sadako. Today, Sadako’s story is an inspiration for all those who wish to live in peace.

Enjoy some authentic Japanese ramen soup and learn how to make your own origami peace lily as you explore the connection between peace, human rights, and Japanese culture.


Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time:  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, 180 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 2J9 
Cost: Admission is free. The cost for soup is $10. Seating for the ramen soup lunch is limited, so please call the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba at 204-774-5909 to reserve your spot.