Origami Peace Cranes: A workshop led by Shoji Masuzawa
6 August 2020 from 10am – 11am and available to view afterwards. For 8 to 80+ year old.
Join Peace & Justice Centre’s member Shoji Masuzawa, for an origami peace crane making workshop. This workshop is dedicated to the two women who have inspired our Peace Cranes exhibition through their life-affirming act of folding origami paper cranes – Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955) – the Hiroshima school girl who still signifies our hopes for peace and nuclear disarmament and P&J’s own member Atsuko Betchaku (1960-2016) – a teacher and pacifist. In 2015, Atsuko embarked on an international collaborative project of folding 140,000 origami peace cranes to represent the 140,000 people who were killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and to highlight the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a way to ensure that this will never happen again.
Our Peace Cranes 2021 exhibition will feature an installation by Juliana Capes, a contemporary artist and activist – incorporating all 140,000 origami paper peace cranes folded by Atsuko and hundreds of other volunteers like her from over five countries who have contributed to the Origami Peace Cranes project led by the Peace & Justice Centre over the last five years.