Hinari is from Japan and for her personal project she chose to make 1000 paper cranes and she asked us to help her. There is a tradition in Japanese culture that says that if you make 1000 origami cranes you will get to make a wish. We read the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and learned a lot about Hinari's goal and the inspiration for this project.
After the paper cranes were completed, Hinari threaded them onto 25 threads in lots of 40. They looked amazing. We went to the Peace Bell in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and hung them over the bell in preparation for Peace Day tomorrow. We took lots of photos and Hinari sent them to the Hiroshima Peace Park. Here is Hinari's email.
My name is Hinari Hosada. I am 12 years old and a student at Selwyn House School in Christchurch, New Zealand.
For my Personal Project, I have been learning about Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. I taught all the girls in Year 7 and 8 how to fold cranes and we listened to Sadako's story. I spoke to the school at assembly and showed the paper cranes. I was going to send them to you for Peace Day. We decided that we would take the paper cranes and lay them on the Peace Memorial here in Christchurch. We are sending you our tribute to peace and the memory of August 6th.