senbazuru is strings of one thousand origami(paper) cranes. we say if we fold one thousand origami cranes with wish, the wish will come true. so, we fold them one by one by wishing recorvery for someone's illness. or we wish for the world peace.
a week ago, when i went to Kp's parents house, his mom was folding them. his dad's co-worker is in the hospital, so they decided to fold them and give him as a present. i haven't fold them for a while and i forgot how to fold one crane. but as i was trying, fingers taught me how to start folding it. and thanks to my grandma who i had lived with and had passed away when i was four, taught me lots, i remembered most of the part. however, in some parts, my fingers stopped and couldn't get the right way, then Kp's mom taught me with smile. i loved the time. so much. feeling one of the japanese culture. and remembering my grandma. and wishing the person who i don't know's good health by folding some cranes with mother-in-low.
this picture is from Hiroshima. i've visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Musium about five years ago. there were tons of senbazuru hanging there. for world peace. so beautiful. those wishes makes them even more beautiful.
when i was teaching English at an elementary school, students there were folding them for a police officer who was accidently killed by a man. the idea was the students'. such lovely idea.
children are good at folding origami. they fold during their break time between classes. not only senbazuru. balls, animals, charactors, planes and more. students often gave me to show their love towards me by folding them. even boys. so cute! and i got tons and tons of them on the last day of the school year. folding origami is great for their brains, too. i hope this kind of culture will be taught to younger ones from generations to generations. if i could become a mother, i would teach my children how to fold origami and i will ask their grandma to teach them, too. that will be a wonderful memory for the little ones...