The San Ramon Youth Art Committee has led its board members in making a difference in many people’s lives this year, by providing consolation to many through their unique projects. An innovative project thought of by board officers Amber Lee (Supervisor) and Justin Chan (Vice President) left many inspired. It is called the 1000 paper cranes, also known as Senbazuru, project. Both Justin and Amber had known about this from reading “Sadako and The 1000 Paper Cranes” book by Eleanor Coerr and wanted to collaborate and initiate this project within SRYAC.
According to an article curated by Michigan State University written by Janis Brinn, “Folding 1,000 paper cranes gives a person a chance to make one special wish come true. The crane is believed to live for 1,000 years and that is the meaning behind 1,000 an individual needs to fold. Sadako Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan.” "Why I make Japanese Origami Cranes" Article
Justin also says, referring to the symbolism behind folding cranes, “I remember reading that cranes represent hope, light, health, and welfare especially in this pandemic where several people have lost their lives or are sick.”
“We wanted to do what we could to spread something beautiful and positive in this world. The [cranes] also symbolize peace and are a reminder of history and an event that should never be forgotten,” Justin added.
9 board members participated in this project including Justin and Amber. The other board members include Megana Karthikeyan, Pranavi Kristipati, Meghana Pinjala, Renee Escueta, Jessica Lee, Jade Andrade, and Shannon Mo.
When asked about her experience making these cranes, Amber replied, “I think I can say for everyone that we had our difficulties but it was definitely worth it in the end. I really enjoyed collaborating with the group and I believe it was a project that was fun and interesting to do.”
The group did manage to complete making 1000 paper cranes as they preserved to complete this project.
These cranes have been shipped and will be displayed in the children’s peace monument in Hiroshima, Japan, a monument commemorating the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
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