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1000 Cranes For Peace:

The history of paper cranes as symbols of peace:

The senbazuru legend Thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (鶴 tsuru) held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

Would you like to participate in our 1000 Cranes project? Give us a call at 330-972-8296 or email at

and you can find us on Facebook too!

If you have made cranes and would like send them to our project please mail them to:

Global Ties Akron

233 Quaker Square
The University of Akron 
Akron, OH 44325-9003


Resources for the project:

A downloadable copy of the 1000 Cranes for Peace story (PDF)

1000 Cranes for Syria

Origami Crane Instructions

PowerPoint File - History of and How To-By KYCKYW/AIF

A CNN story on how Sadako's 1000 Cranes of Peace inspired others to make students in Japan create them and sent them to New York City school Children after 9/11.

The Children's War: A blog that helps with ways to discuss WWII with school children. This is their infomation on Sadako







Legend has it that if you fold a thousand origami cranes a wish will be granted. Sadako Saksaki, a young Japanese girl lived in Hiroshima during World War II. As a result of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako developed leukemia. In the hospital she folded paper cranes because she wished to live. Her family and friends added to the 644 cranes she had folded before her death, and buried 1000 cranes with her.


There is a statue of Sadaka in the Hiroshima Peace Park where millions of paper cranes are left each year. The statue which honors her and all war victims bears a plaque which reads: This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.