The below activities compliment the Peace Crane Project. We have something for everyone from creative book awards, to the Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki. Current activities are listed first and are followed by past activities.
Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s brother and the co-author of the book will be answering questions from your students. Videotaped questions preferred, but written questions are also welcome. Please contact us for more information.
When I launched the Peace Crane Project, I had never heard the story of Sadako. As teachers began to sign up, they told me they were reading Sadako’s story along with exchanging cranes through me. I ordered every book I could find about her and also searched through the websites in Japan, learning her life story. I was surprised to discover that the story most often told in the USA did not match the version her family told, or that the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum taught. This discovery launched a years-long quest to bring her true story to the English speaking world.
In 2017, our mutual friend, Miyuki Sohara introduced me to Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother. I flew to Japan to meet him, spending as many hours as I could interviewing him and meeting with the staff at the Hiroshima Peace Museum. Masahiro and I decided to collaborate on a new book, working together to bring the Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki to the USA and beyond.
Initially self-published, the book is now being released by Tuttle Publishing in Spring 2020. Please look for it soon. Meanwhile, you can read more about the book and Masahiro on our website.
In 2014, we decided to produce a sing-a-long, inviting all the students folding cranes to also sing for peace. Rubia Braun wrote an original song for the event! Over the course of many months, schools, community groups, and individuals uploaded clips for us to edit together. Here are the incredible results. Don’t miss our notations in the corners, alerting you to the countries these amazing kids (and a few grown-ups!) come from.
Huge thanks to everyone that participated. We can’t wait to create another one someday!
In 2015 one of our participants asked us to create a project to celebrate the new year. We considered snowflakes at first, but too many of our students were in the middle of summer! One of the challenges of a global project is how school schedules and seasons vary around the world. After some thought, we did a riff on a paper snowflake and designed this project to unite the children of the world.
While we do not actively promote this activity now, you are welcome to watch this instructional video and download the template anytime. These make a great item for exchanging, or just sharing with family and friends.
In 2018, we held a tiny crane folding contest to celebrate the launch of “The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki.” After WWII, paper was in short supply in Japan. In order to assure she had enough paper to fold the 1,000 cranes required to make her wish come true, Sadako never used a piece of paper bigger than 3” square. And some cranes she folded were no bigger than a grain of rice! We decided to challenge our participants in a tiny crane folding contest and WOW were we surprised by the many, many tiny cranes that arrived here.
Thanks to everyone that participated. Maybe we’ll do it again sometime. Meanwhile…
Here are the Winners! Robbie Fernandez and Zachary Green, Ms. Krudzlo’s Class at DeMasi Elementary School in New Jersey USA Aaron, Maya’s class in Kaohsiung, Taiwan Isabella Delany Scheirer, Ms.Kleppinger’s Art Class at Ritter Elementary School in Pennsylvania USA and our Runner Ups: Donald Rothman, Alaska USA Nathan Goucher, Ms. Z’s Class in South Carolina USA Kristin Poole, Texas USA Ms. Avery’s Class at Long River Middle School in Connecticut USA