Cranes for Japan

Cranes for Japan


(music) Today we’re having many events to make donations for the Japan earthquake. Some of the stuff that we do include making the cranes. There’s a tradition in Japan where if you make a thousand cranes and string them up together the person who is ill or is having trouble, their hopes and wishes will be coming true. So it’s our dream to make them recover, as soon as possible. Today I think that I made five, probably. (How long does it take to make a crane?) Five minutes? (Wow.) I think that there are two different ways to make a crane when you get to the leg stage, and you kind of flip it over, and that will create a straight bottom, but that makes fat cranes, and these ones make skinnier, prettier cranes. (laughter) I don’t know how to do the skinny, prettier cranes. We’re waiting for the Fire Marshall to come back on Monday but after we finish these, hopefully our thousand-plus cranes will be hung somewhere in Eastman, hopefully near the Main Hall, or somewhere public so that everyone can see them. We also have calligraphy, where we can draw someone’s name in Japanese. We were able to teach them. We’re donating all the money to the Japanese Red Cross Society. My friend Melissa Sendai, her house still doesn’t have gas, electricity or water. She still has to go the the city place where people camp out for their water to put in a bucket and get the water from there. You know, it’s definitely something that’s really impacted the world, and so, it’s kind of a showing of every little, if we all come together, and we can do this, then it’s a nice gesture to show our support. (This is the University of Rochester.)

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