In honor of World Peace Day on September 21, Bridgeside Books is asking community members of all ages to help fold 1,000 paper cranes to hang in the bookstore, then send them to Memorial Park in the peace of Hiroshima in Japan.
The project is inspired by a book based on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 at the end of World War II. “One of the most memorable books I read as a child was’Sadako and the thousand paper cranes, ‘a fictional tale of a real 12-year-old Japanese girl who folded more than 1,000 cranes before dying of leukemia from the atomic bomb, ”explained bookseller Katya d’Angelo.
“In Japanese legend, folding 1,000 paper cranes makes a wish come true. Sadako wanted to get better, ”she said, noting that a statue of Sadako stands today in the peace park in Hiroshima as Sadako and the paper cranes have become symbols of peace.
August 6 was Peace Day in Japan and the anniversary of the bombing. Bridgeside Books offers free foldable paper packs and additional origami paper to purchase. The store also offers Sadako’s story in several formats including a picture book for young children and a volume for young adults.
For starters, d’Angelo suggests checking out online tutorials for folding paper cranes or asking him for a demonstration. “My fourth grade class folded 1,000 and I still remember it!” she said.
Participants must return completed cranes to the store by September 21.