March Cultural Salon - Sadako and the Origami Crane as a Symbol of Peace

In March 2011, the JASGA monthly cultural salon series will present a guest speaker from Hiroshima, Japan, and an origami artist.

Yumie Hirano a native of Hiroshima and a volunteer member of the Never Again Campaign (NAC), will give a presentation about the meaning of origami cranes in Japan and their use as a symbol of healing and peace.

Sadako, a child who developed leukemia and passed away from the disease after being exposed to radiation in the bombing of Hiroshima, has been immortalized as a symbol of the wish for international peace. Origami cranes have come to represent the wish for peace in both Japan and the U.S.

Ms. Hirano will talk about why paper cranes are a symbol of peace for the people of Hiroshima. The participants in JASGA cultural salon will learn of the ancient art of origami and make their own origami crane.

About Speaker:

Ms. Yumie Hirano was a medical laboratory technician for 30 years. Now she is a Japanese Instructor at Hiroshima International Center as a volunteer and a member of SGG[Systematized Good will Guide Hiroshima] and FIG [Free Interpreter Guide Hiroshima].

NAC is a volunteer people-to-people program of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which was started in 1985 to promote international understanding through sharing Japanese culture and to spread the message of peace and friendship.  To learn more about NAC, visit:


This event is free and open to the public.

March 7th, 2011 7:00 PM   through   8:15 PM
1701 Toomey Rd
Casa de Luz, Cielo Room South (2F)
Austin, TX 78704
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731

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