Origami Effort Aids Japan – UC Irvine

Origami Effort Aids Japan – UC Irvine


>>I am from Tomo No Kai, the Japanese-American
club on campus at Irvine. We are basically here to promote Japanese culture through social
interactions with the community.>>We have a lot of members that study abroad
in Japan, or have family members in Japan, so it really hits home for us. Especially
as college students, we feel like we get so wrapped up in our own problems and our own
difficulties in college that to recognize a great cause like this one in Japan, it really
makes this event special for us.>>So we are folding cranes, and everyone
can donate one dollar and for the one dollar you get origami paper. You can either fold
a crane, or we can fold the crane for you. And then we are also giving people the option
to write a message inside the crane, whether it is their name or something they want people
to know in Japan.>>We have actually raised close to $4,000
already, so hopefully we can reach $10,000, that’s our goal.>>In Buddhism and ancient Japanese Shintoism,
a lot of the times they assign certain tasks to each Buddhist monk or each Shinto monk,
so if you wash the dishes you concentrate on that activity. It means you put focus and
energy in that one activity. Same thing goes for when you do origami. When you are doing
this folding of the paper crane, you put your emotion, your thought, your focus on that
one activity. I felt like by doing that instead of just, you know, giving the money to us,
you are giving the money, and you are doing an act. You are making an effort and you’re
taking the initiative, you are contributing so more than just money. You are contributing
your emotion, your care, you know, hope, and that what we really want people to wish for.

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