Cranes symbolise hope for Japan

Following the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on March 11, more than 26,000 people have been reported dead or missing.

Many survivors have lost their properties and jobs. Many are still living in evacuation centres.

Ikuka Chiba Camphill Aberdeen
Ikuka Chiba with the origami cranes she has made so far

Ikuka Chiba, of Camphill School Aberdeen is from Sendai, the nearest major city to the quake.\

“I experienced one of the great earthquakes there as a child and it remains as my first memory in my life,” she says.

“I have been considering how I should relate myself to this event and decided to make a thousand origami cranes during the summer term and to call for fund-raising for my challenge.”

Origami cranes symbolise recovery, long life, hope and peace. Legend says that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will have their wish come true.


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