2,000 paper cranes folded at "Peace Seeds" exhibition offered to Children’s Peace Monument

by Keisuke Yoshihara, Staff Writer

About 2,000 paper cranes, folded by visitors to an exhibition on the peace newspaper known as "Peace Seeds" (in Japanese, "Hiroshima Koku"), were offered to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on October 1. The exhibition was held at the Japan Newspaper Museum in Yokohama from August 1 through September 23.

The colorful paper cranes were made with a wish for peace by visitors to the exhibition using paper provided at the venue. They were affixed to two world maps mounted on boards, each of which is 1.4 meters high and 1.8 meters wide.

Two junior writers of "Peace Seeds," Reika Konno, 15, a senior at Kokutaiji Junior High School, and Shiori Kusuo, 16, a junior at Kuremitsuta High School, offered the paper cranes, along with their prayers, to the monument.

Ms. Kusuo commented with delight: "I'm happy that many people in Yokohama shared their wish for peace."

(Originally published on October 2, 2009)

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