a community sponsored artwork
An ancient Japanese legend
promises that anyone who folds a thousand
origami cranes will be
granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or
The crane in Japan is one of
the mystical or holy creatures that is said to live for a thousand years. In
Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1,000 paper origami cranes makes a
person's wish come true. Our wish is for
the full and complete recovery of our Pacific neighbor, Japan.
On March 11, 2011 northern Japan experienced a
9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the area near our Sister
City - Kitakami. The Concord Ambassadors organized a vigil in Todos Santos Park with the dual
goals of supporting the Japan earthquake relief effort and of folding 1,001
origami cranes, a symbol of hope for a full recovery. We invited the Concord community to join us
in these efforts. They folded over 1,000
cranes that night and continued to fold cranes, producing more than 10,000
cranes over the next few weeks – some with personal messages of hope for the
citizens of Japan.
To commemorate our community’s support for
the Japan relief effort, The Concord Ambassadors commissioned Oakland artist Sean
Olson to create the sculpture you see above you. The artwork will remain in place until the
completion of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of our Sister City
relationship with Kitakami, Japan which will take place in early October, 2014.
The 10,000 Cranes for Japan will be
featured as part of the welcoming ceremonies for the delegation of visitors
from Kitakami that will join us to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
Its colorful statement of hope symbolizes the support the people of Concord
offered the people of Japan during the early relief efforts for the devastating
2011 earthquake and tsunami.
To find out how you can
volunteer to be a Host
Family please contact Mary Rae at 671-3495.
1,000 Cranes for Japanand March 11, 2011
Earthquake and Tsunami Relief web page here
OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE
FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE
10,000 CRANES FOR JAPAN