Peace cranes fly to Japan

Qualicum Beach resident Shino Yoneda is currently in Japan.  - Neil Horner photo
Qualicum Beach resident Shino Yoneda is currently in Japan.
— image credit: Neil Horner photo

Shino Yoneda wants to give a big vote of thanks to the Oceanside residents who got on board with her drive to fold 1,000 paper cranes to take to Japan as a symbol of peace and healing.

Qualicum Beach resident Yoneda travelled to Hiroshima with her children last week to deposit 1,000 of the origami cranes at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

She decided to bring the cranes in light of the continuing radiation crisis caused by the Fukushima reactor being hit by a tsunami this spring.

The idea of folding 1,000 paper cranes came from the story of Hiroshima atom bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, who began folding cranes as she lay dying in hospital from radiation sickness in hopes it would bring her luck and health.

The 10-year-old never made it to 1,000 before she succumbed, but her friends and family pitched in to complete the task, starting a tradition of caring that continues to this day.

Yoneda wasn’t able to get to 1,000 either before she flew to Japan, but she did bring 785 of the folded birds with her, thanks in part to the help of seven Oceanside residents who joined in the task after reading about her project in The News.

Contacted in her hometown of Shizuoka, about 200 kilometres south of Tokyo, Yoneda said she’s getting more help to finish the job.

“I am busy threading them,” she said. “A friend of mine’s family and her children’s classmates are folding to make it 1,000.”



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