SieboldHuis Japanmuseum, one of my favourite (and therefore much visited!) museums here in the Netherlands, is holding an event tomorrow (Saturday 19 March, between 13:00 and 17:00) to fold a thousand paper cranes – a symbol of support and hope for Japan. I am unable to attend the event but its announcement inspired me to do some folding of my own and I have sent my small flock by post to Leiden in the hope that they can join the larger flock, 1000 strong, tomorrow.
Although it is only a symbolic gesture I believe it is a powerful & cathartic one. If you would like to fold a crane there are some easy-to-follow instructions here, and if you’re near Leiden tomorrow you could make your way to SieboldHuis and fold a crane there!
Have a safe and peaceful weekend, and happy paper crane folding (do fold one if you have a moment… it does feel good, truly).