One Thousand Cranes

One Thousand Cranes


Just a piece of paper in front of me. My fingers itch. My eyes dance. Slowly, point to point, line to line. Folding, unfolding. Opening, closing, sliding, turning, and creasing. Each decision made with tips of my fingers. Pleasing to my eyes, encouraging to my heart. Two dimension to three dimension, death to life, vision realised. We have a tradition in Japan, when somebody is sick we make 1000 cranes to wish him or her well. So as a human being, most of us want to be valuable, useful. We want to contribute to a better society. I’m using origami to interact with children. They come from very difficult backgrounds. I also have painful memories as a child. My father was quite strict with money. So I was always wearing hand-me-downs. I felt like everybody knew what I was wearing and I was very embarrassed. I felt like I was the only poor child. I used to get called ‘beggar’. So those memories were very hurtful. I can’t change the past, but because of that painful memory I can relate to children who are sad. I’m able to use that painful memory for something better. Teaching origami – what I want to create is that awareness that our situation can transform, just like paper. When you have a sad memory it is a scar that remains in your heart. And it’s the same as paper, once you crease it, it remains. It never goes away. But you can use that line to make another shape. So in a way, it’s necessary to have that line. Paper is a metaphor for life. You only have one piece of paper, like you only have one life. So you make use of what lines and points there are. And you can create something out of what you’ve got. We all have infinite potential. Hopefully the children will also be inspired that this old person, not a very good housewife, but she can still do something. I want them to have a sense of hope. They are a part of something good, something better, something valuable. When I do origami, like 1000 cranes, what I’ve learnt is that we do bit by bit. If everybody does little bit, we can make a difference. Not one person doing 1000 cranes, but if there are 100 people, it’s only ten cranes each. So then we can make the world better. If 1000 people, one crane each, is 1000 cranes. So that’s a collective effort. And I think I believe in that. Every day, little by little. Thanks to all of you who helped make this film possible. All of our films are totally crowd funded. So if you’d like to continue to support us on our journey, check out our Green Renaissance page on Patreon.

10 thoughts on “One Thousand Cranes

  1. all of the video's are so beautiful and inspiring! great camerawork and editing!! keep up te good work!! always looking forward to the next video 🙂

  2. It touched me to the shivers… happy origami day 11.11! Let's make something beautiful on this day and give it to someone. I'm going to hold a workshop

  3. Simply great!
    I would like to see subtitles in spanish to share with some non english speakers. Is It possible? I would be pleased to translate It!

  4. I got very emotional watching this. Started getting into origami by chance earlier this year. Didn't understand why it was so calming until after watching the video.

  5. For a couple years now I have began to study more about Asian culture, starting when I got into Asian dramas and then took an eastern religion and philosophy class. I'm not an expert, but I tend to find that in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cultures (perhaps others as well but those are the ones I'm most familiar with), through various forms such as language, music, art, etc., they tend to have a simplistic yet poetic way of doing it. This video was the perfect illustration as to how origami fits into that culture of creating clean and aesthetic arts, and it's beautiful.

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