Origami, or paper folding, is a traditional Japanese art form that travels easily. Origami has been used in medicine for operations (DNA origami delivers cancer drugs to tumors,) stomach origami is the latest in weight loss surgery, and even architecture is becoming origami inspired! Origami’s portability make it a perfect art form for Art Sphere Inc.’s traveling art programs.
For centuries the Chinese and Japanese have viewed the crane as a symbol of longevity. The horror of the bombing of Hiroshima added an additional meaning for the crane as a symbol of peace. Many believe that making 1000 cranes can make a wish come true.
Over the years, Art Sphere teachers and students have made thousands of cranes and continue to hope that one day our many wishes of peace will come true! Thanks to a young 12-year-old Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, and one thousand paper cranes, millions of people around the world have come together for peace…Learn more about Sadako Sasaki, visit the Hiroshima Museum through animation and see images of the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. See other fantastic Japanese education resources.