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1,000 paper cranes by chachi411 1,000 paper cranes by chachi411
I have no clue what catagory to put this in :'D

I haven’t told you guys, but I am apart of the drawing and art clubs in my school, and we have been working on folding 1,000 paper cranes since the beginning of school. Why did we do this you ask? Well I shall tell you.

Our art teacher Mrs. Marchetti told us the background story about a Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who was the first girl to come up with the paper crane. Sadako was a 12 year old who wished for peace in the world. During her time, there was an atomic bomb that dropped near her home in Hiroshima, Japan. Being hospitalized for leukemia and having one year to live, she took a square shaped piece of paper, and folded it into a crane. To the ancient Japanese story, they say that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish from a crane. Sadako gathered all her friends and family, who also wished for peace on Earth, to help her make the cranes. Unfortunately, only reaching to 644, Sadako died before she could make it to 1,000. But don’t feel too sorry for her, she was able to complete her goal. Her friends and family completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her.

Mrs. Marchetti told us if we can make it up to that many paper cranes, she promised a field trip to go see a statue of Sadako Sasaki in Seattle. After months of working on this project, we made it up to 1,068 paper cranes! Keeping her promise, Mrs. Marchetti took us all to Seattle and we met up with the people that worked for the newspaper. The next day, we were featured on the front page!

Here is the article and a video of all of us if any of you are interested:

~> [link]

Despite the negative comments people made about us, that doesn't change the fact how much fun I've had and the knowledge I have gained from this experience. It was such an honor to be apart of this project. I had so much fun. I never thought I would be apart of something this big. I am so proud of myself and our drawing and art clubs for making it this far. From this experience, I have learned that anyone can make a difference. We have done something really great. We have shown peace just by making paper cranes, just like Sadako Sasaki once did.

In the famous words of Mrs. Marchetti, “Hopefully you’re realizing ... the diligence and enthusiasm that it took to get to this point ... shows that you have what it takes to change the world.”

:iconcatwingclaws: :iconhunttrist: :iconfullmetaldragon001: also took part in this event too! :heart:

Photography © Meegan M. Reid
Textures © ~WanderingSoul-Stox
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otohime-san Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I truly admire what you, your friends, and classmates were all able to accomplish, but I'd like to point out a few comments/errors for/with your description-
Sadako was not the first girl to come up with the paper crane. I'm not sure the exact date the paper crane was created is something that has been definitely pinned down, but origami itself is said to have originated in the sixth century.
Though some of Sadako's cranes were folded from paper, many were also folded from the plastic wrappings of her medicine bottles as origami paper was fairly expensive. It is also likely she folded her cranes so small so that she could use a single piece of paper to make as many as possible. In this photo, you can see the transparency of the red cellophane Sadako used to fold the crane. [link]
According to wikipedia, upon hearing the legend of a person's wish being granted if they fold 1000 cranes, Sadako began to fold cranes with the wish to get well. However, when she saw that the other children in her ward were dying, she realized that she would not survive and wished instead for world peace and an end to suffering. [link]
It is also common misinformation that Sadako did not reach her goal of 1000 cranes before dying, thanks to Eleanor Coerr's book. Sadako completed her goal of 1000 within a month, and continued to fold cranes after that. [link]
I do not know if Sadako was buried with 1000 cranes, but if she was, they were not all hers. Many have been given away as gestures of peace. Some of Sadako's cranes are on display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and one sits in a glass display case at the Tribute Center across from the site of the WTC towers in NYC. [link]

Origami has always been a passion of mine, and I hope that you will continue to fold and create.
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iDoux Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Must, fav, must doble fav, must love it... 1000 cranes... awesome, Congratulations!!! keep the awesome work and do not worry about the stupid people that made negative comments about you and your friends, you did an awesome work, and you should be proud of haveing made 1000 cranes and wishing good for everybody...
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chachi411 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Don't worry hon. I don't even care about what those people said about us. They don't phase me at all.
Thank you for your wonderful comment :heart:
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iDoux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, no problem, was my pleasure commenting, im you are doing more of this works please send me a message...
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Blashy-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
When I originally read that story, I cried a little bit.

This is awesome, Moe! :thumbsup:
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chachi411 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It really is a touching story.
I was mostly amazed that this was a 12 year old girl who was dedicated to strive for peace on Earth.

I mostly did this for this girl and for peace :D
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Saphire-hope1558 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
That is an awsome thing to do!!! that story brought me to tears!!
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Wowey Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
That is so gorgeous! Now I really want to convince my school to do something like that, but I have no idea what we could do with it. :D
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kaya-carrie-ko Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww how sweet
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Hinata301 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
AWESOME! My english teacher told me about this once.
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