Folding 1,000 origami cranes, senbazuru is a tradition that originated from an ancient Japanese legend. The legend claimed that anyone who folded 1,000 paper cranes would be granted either a lifetime of happiness, good luck, or one wish. The practice became more widely popularized after the death of 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki in 1955.
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Ten years later, Sadako developed leukemia as a result of radiation exposure and was hospitalized for treatment. After learning about the legend of 1,000 cranes from her father, Sadako attempted to fold 1,000 cranes from her hospital room, hoping it would grant her a wish. An exhibit about Sadako at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum states that she completed her goal before she passed away on October 25th, 1955.
What: Help us make 1,000 cranes! Create a crane and display it in the library! It's fun and easy. Instructions and supplies are available at the display.
1. Write a wish/goal for Spring 2023 on one side of the origami paper.
2. Fold a crane.
3. Add your crane to the box of cranes!
4. Optional: Submit your crane and the completed drawing card to the librarian at the Information Desk for a chance to win one of 5 $15 gift cards. See below for details.
The origami submitted must be a crane folded with 6 x 6 paper. Why? So we can add it to the string of 1,000!
Submit the crane and completed card to the librarian at the Information Desk to be eligible for the drawing.
One prize per person. You must be a current Mt. SAC student or employee to win.
Prizes must be picked up at the Library Information Desk within two weeks of your Mt. SAC email notification.
Winners will be able to select a $15 gift card. Choices include Panera, California Pizza Kitchen, AMC, and others as available.
When: Spring Semester
Where: In the library.