Gift of Thousand Cranes - Senbazuru

Gift of Peace - 1,000 Origami Cranes

At the finale of every Peace Concert of Harmony For Peace, “senbazuru” (1,000 origami cranes) were handed to the performers. Here at the Carnegie Hall, five pieces created by students from five Japanese schools were presented to the performers in hopes of bringing our mission of world peace home to their respective countries. The artists are to deliver them to a school at home bringing the message of peace from young people who created them to spread their hope for the better world.   

Photo Credit: Sarah Stacke

Harpsicordist Yasuko Mitsui (right), presents the senbazuru to the guest performers representing five countries, including soprano Yunhong Zhao (shown above with Tomoko Torii, President/Executive Director of HFP Foundation).

Senbazuru were created by:

Tokyo - Wada Elementary School (Suginami-ku)
Hiroshima - Hera Elementary School (Hatsukaichi City)
Hiroshima - Shudo High School (Hiroshima City)
Okayama - Wake Junior High School (Wake Gun)
Hiroshima - Asakita Junior High School (Hiroshima City)

Tokyo - Amanuma Elementary School (Suginami-ku)

Children of Hiroshima City

United States - Chazy Central Rural School (New York)


One of the schools which received a gift of Senbazuru.

Countries received the gifts:

United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Syria, Palestine, South Korea and others.

This project is ongoing and welcomes any schools or students group to participate. If you are interested in joining the students who have created Senbazuru for exchanges in other countries, please contact us.

Contact us at email: or +1-484-885-8539.


The History of One Thousand Paper Cranes: Sadako Sasaki’s story

Sadako Sasaki was exposed to nuclear radiation when she was 2 years old, at her home, two kilometers north of the explosion ground in Hiroshima. A few years later, in February 1955, she was diagnosed with lymphatic gland leukemia, and was hospitalized in Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital. There, using various kinds of paper,such as gift or medicine wrapping paper, she started to make origami cranes, believing that if she could fold all of one thousand cranes, her hope will come true. Sadako died of radiation sickness on October 25, 1955, aged 12 years old.By the time she finally succumbed to her illness, Sadako had only managed to complete 644 cranes, but knowing her story, her classmates brought up by their own hands the total to a thousand cranes, all of which were then buried with her remains. Senba-Zuru (meaning “a thousand origami cranes”) is believed to be a symbol for peace.