Friday, 23 July 2010

Folding for Peace

I will be attending the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Ceremony on 9th August at 10.40am. This is a memorial ceremony hosted (is hosted the right word?) by the Lord Mayor in Park Square in Leeds, where we will remember those affected by the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These memorials are held worldwide on 6th August (when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima) and 9th August (when the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki). As part of the ceremony, I will be showing people how to fold cranes, which are used worldwide as a symbol of peace, and are linked to Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of the story of Sadako Sasaki. If you'd like any more information, please let me know and I can answer any questions or point you towards the right people.

I will also be folding cranes on 4th August between 12.30pm-1.30pm at the City Museum cafe, then from 5.30pm onwards at Nation of Shopkeepers for those who can't attend the ceremony but would like to mark their remembrance, and to make some cranes in advance for use during the memorial ceremony. Hopefully we'll get a really good turnout and lots of cranes. If you can help, either by coming to the memorial or by popping along to one of the folding sessions (if you can't fold cranes, don't worry, I'll show you), or even just telling other people about it, it would be really appreciated.


  1. re: the crane folding at Nation of Shopkeepers, do we just turn up or do we need to bring our own paper? I can fold cranes and would love to help. :)

  2. Fantastic stuff Kirsty! Your determination is wonderful and I know Mayors for Peace works because like minded people such as yourself get involved. Look forward to seeing you and (re)learning how to fold!

    But one question... how do you deal with the paper cuts?! I'd be a walking blue plaster if I folded that many! :-)

    Roger C

  3. Thanks for your comment Roger! For someone as clumsy as I am, I manage pretty well without paper cuts. The damage to my hands from punching the wall when I get frustrated at a new origami model is a different matter though ;)