Renison student delivers 1,000 origami cranes to Hiroshima memorial

Monday, August 31, 2015


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.

In the years following the destruction of Hiroshima, Japanese paper cranes have come to symbolize the desire for peace on earth and nuclear disarmament. Coyles brought the completed senbazura to the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, 2015, where it was lain alongside others built by like-minded students and groups from across the globe, in a unifying expression of world peace.

Students of Sakura Japanese Language School also contributed to the project when Coyles came to a Sakura class in June. He spoke about his project and asked the students to think about peace.

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