This is something I can make without thinking. Sometimes in a restaurant or something, I’m just making it with a napkin. I make these a lot because of my aunt my mom’s younger sister who has a disability. When she was one year old, she had whooping cough, and then because of the cough, one time her breathing stopped for about a minute and then half of her brain died. So, she has a severe disability. She’s now 60-something years old, but her brain is still like a one-year-old. When we were little, we went to visit her
twice a year with my mom. At that time, there was no bullet train, so it was a really long trip, and she wanted other people to make cranes together. And my grandparents, my mom, my other aunt, my cousins, and my sisters basically we just made these cranes with her all day long. The funny part is, after making a certain
amount, she just liked to break them open disassemble them, and then making them into papers again. Then, when there was one package of origami paper like this, she wanted to make
them into cranes again. So, that’s what we did. And for us kids, it was like “okay…” It was boring for us. Now that I look back, I can tell, you know making Origami cranes together it just brought us together. We just had one purpose: keep her company, do something together, and help her not to feel lonely. [speaking Japanese to her sister through phone] When I saw my mom, as the oldest, always caring for her sisters, especially this aunt with a disability, that just naturally came to us. Well, sisters take care of each
other. And I think probably I’m the most needy one right
now within my sisters, and I always appreciate them taking care of me a lot. But now that I’ve grown up, and I look back, I just feel she helped the family to come together. And then, she helped me to choose my path without knowing – of course she had no intention! I chose to become a social worker and also take care of children. I think it’s because of her. I’m just hoping she’ll be happy for the remainder of time. It was very unfortunate. But still, even a person like that, who doesn’t understand things… I think God used her, a lot.