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Thousand Paper Cranes

So one of the journeys I’d like you to follow me on is my intention to fold a thousand paper cranes this year. Yes 1,000 origami paper cranes.


I’ve always been deeply moved by the tale of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. During a school trip to Japan we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and I bought a copy of the book and a few packs of origami paper afterwards. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that this was a challenge I wanted to complete one day. After rediscovering my box of origami papers I decided why not.

Some of the papers I bought myself when I was in Japan, though most of the paper was given to me by some of the Japanese exchange students we hosted when I was in high school. I’m hesitantly looking forward to using some chiyogami paper I’ve had for ages – they’re hand silk screened or stencilled papers. They feel good to handle and look even better. Those are being saved to later when I’ve had more practice.

So please follow me along on this journey. I’ll showcase some of the papers I use as I work through them, because there are some seriously pretty papers there.

So far I’ve folded 11, so only 989 cranes left fold!