Derek Coyles, a University of Waterloo graduate who took Japanese courses at Renison, delivered 1,000 origami cranes to the Hiroshima Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. Coyles collected the paper cranes made by students and staff on campus as a part of the Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Wings and Prayers Project, in recognition of the atomic bombing that devastated the city in 1945. They were then strung together to produce a Japanese senbazuru, which is a chain of 1,000 origami cranes. Read the full story.
Professor Jeff Wilson was asked to speak on New England Public Radio, discussing parents who are adopting a Buddhist ritual to mourn miscarriage and abortion. “Kuyo rituals are an ancient format of Japanese Buddhist practice. But kuyo for mizuko, for a departed child spirit, so far as we can tell, really only goes back to the post-World War II situation,” explains Professor Wilson. You can read the transcript of the interview or listen to it on the New England Public Radio website.