#1000Cranes Origami Project, Aid For Japan


In Japanese culture one thousand origami cranes strung together symbolises hope, peace and healing. We thought it would be a good way to bring people virtually together, to commemorate ten years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster of 2011.

If everyone could fold an origami crane and post a picture of it online using the hashtag #1000Cranes then Aid For Japan will collect all the photos together, and make a collage of one thousand cranes. We will unveil the collective artwork on 11th March 2021 at our anniversary online cultural fair.

Anyone can take part. Make as many as you want. You don’t need special paper!

<How to make your crane>

Watch Yuka’s origami crane making workshop video on how to fold an origami crane:

Or there are diagram instructions on our One Thousand Cranes project website.

<How to share your crane>

Share the photo of your crane via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #1000Cranes. If you would prefer to send your crane images to us by e-mail, please send them to

We also welcome messages of support, which can be shared alongside your crane. Many people in Tohoku are still feeling the after effects of the tsunami disaster and would appreciate messages of kindness now more than ever.

Enjoy making your crane – let’s try to make one thousand!