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Paper Cranes for Japan

March 21, 2011

It’s a small gesture, but…

When I heard about the Paper Cranes for Japan project, I wanted to take part and do something — anything — that would express my solidarity with the quake and tsunami victims. Although work left me with little downtime for most of last week (which is also why I haven’t been posting new stuff lately… gomen and miane to my 20-odd regular readers, sankyou for sticking it out with delinquent old E.G., lol), Saturday evening finally found me with some paper and a pair of scissors in hand, surfing Youtube for a DIY origami video.  Since my artist-designer sister wasn’t around to make the tsuru for me, I decided to give it a shot (my first ever). And it actually wasn’t half as hard as it looked. Took a few shots of the crane on two sheets of blue craft paper which I had spread on our dining table, and voila — finished product above.

I racked my brains for an inspiring message to accompany my little paper tsuru on its maiden goodwill flight (a haiku? a verse? kana characters lifted from Babelfish?), but in the end a simple word of encouragement felt best.

I had also wished to send this photo for inclusion in the Waratte, Nippon! video project, but I missed the deadline last Saturday by a few hours. So I’m posting it here instead. I know the crisis in Japan is far from over, but for whatever it’s worth… Ganbatte, Japan!

(Make your tsuru and share it, too!)

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Just a Few Words

March 13, 2011

3/11/2011, 2:46 pm

As Japan reels from the massive earthquake and tsunami that — in more ways than one — have shaken the entire nation to its core, and as the people of Nihon continue to brace for a potential nuclear disaster, this blog joins the many voices across cyberspace and all over the world in extending sympathies to everyone who has lost loved ones, livelihood and property to this inconceivable tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers go with them, even as we all continue to hope that the worst is already over.

– Lessandra

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Photo: cnn.com