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Make Paper Cranes for Japan

Make Paper Cranes for Japan

Want to show your support for Japan but not sure where to start? Here is a simple and creative way to help that is accessible to people of all ages.

Students Rebuild has partnered with for the Paper Cranes for Japan campaign. For each origami crane that they receive, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 to Architecture for Humanity’s long-term reconstruction efforts in Japan.

There are two ways your crane can help. After you’ve made your crane (check out this video and visual guide for instructions), you can:

  • Take a photo and upload it to the virtual mosaic on the Paper Cranes for Japan Facebook page, along with a message of support.
  • Send the crane to:
  • Students Rebuild
    1700 7th Avenue
    Ste. 116 #145
    Seattle, WA 98101

(If you make more than 50 cranes, you can get a pre-paid shipping label.)

The goal of the project is to reach 100,000 submissions, which will trigger a $200,000 donation. The cranes will also represent 100 wishes for Japan since, according to legend, 1,000 paper cranes equals one wish. In addition, the cranes will be made into an art installation.

Since the earthquake and resulting tsunami, Paper Cranes for Japan has received support and positive messages from countries around the world, including New Zealand and Haiti. For more info, check out Students Rebuild and Facebook.

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6:19AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

I have a chicken diagram for those interested.

1:52AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Ok, will fold paper cranes for Japan.

10:06AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011


4:01PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

is it still possible to send the cranes that we made for Japan?
it is June 9, 2011

7:16PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Just finished crane #300! Yay!
I wish I could make 1000 which stands for 1 wish, but that's probably not going to happen...

6:13PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

From where I am, it takes 5 dollars alone to just ship the cranes, since they ran out of the pre paid stickers for the US. I'm hoping that someone at my school has a pre paid sticker so I can be a free loader.

5:00AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

What a great idea!

4:39PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

This is so cool to make something that resembles a nation or country to show that the world cares. Thank you for the article. Gotta make some cranes.........

4:32PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

This is so cool to make something that resembles a nation or country to show that the world cares. Thank you for the article. Gotta make some cranes.........

8:58AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

this is inspiring - i am a terrible crane maker but will try. i have my own story of a thousand cranes - i had cancer and my husband's Japanese students started making them for me. the story spread and other non Japanese friends and their families and my workmates made cranes. i got a thousand - in all shapes and sizes- some perfect- some like beloved wallowing dodos -and i am well and happy 20 years later- thankyou

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