Launch of the Just Festival at St. John’s Church with the Peace Cranes exhibit


The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross attended the launch of the Just Festival Cranes of Peace exhibit in St John’s Church on Lothian Road with the Director of the Just Festival, Helen Trew, Mr. Nozumu Takaoka, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh, and Bill Kidd MSP, the organizer of the Cross Party on Nuclear Disarmament.

The Peace Cranes exhibition will address the double existential threat of nuclear weapons and climate and ecological emergencies through an inspiring installation by Edinburgh artist Janis Hart.

It will be a space for reflection on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the great acceleration of species extinction through the origami symbol of the endangered red crowned crane, the original inspiration for the crane. origami that has become an icon for our hopes of nuclear disarmament.

140,000 paper cranes, all handcrafted from origami paper by hundreds of adults and children from Scotland to Japan over the past 5 years, will be hung from the ceiling and displayed hanging from charred trees suggesting the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb, in the small chapel where a video will be shown on a screen telling the story of Sadako Sasaki.

Sadako’s Story Sasaki (1943-1955) Sadako was two years old and living in Hiroshima at the time the atomic bomb was dropped. At the age of ten, like many other children, she contracted leukemia from radiation exposure.

Having heard the ancient Japanese legend that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you will live to see your wish come true, Sadako started folding origami cranes wishing for peace.

Since then, the origami crane has become a symbol of our hopes for peace and nuclear disarmament.

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