Guinness Book Record Holder for origami crane folding, artist Hiromi Ashlin from the Happy Bird Project visited Cowra in March 2014 as part of the Cowra Canowindra Community / Civilian Internment Arts Project and conducted a series of origami crane folding workshops.
Hiromi visited the Cowra Public, Cowra High and Mulyan Public schools, and conducted the total of 8 workshops in one day with the help of volunteers from a Cowra based Japanese organic farm Kitanodai Kaihatsu and completed the folding of 200 yellow cranes for peace.
One of our funding organisations Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Sayuri Tokuman assisted too.
On the last day of the Civilian Internment Program, when 200 guests arrived for the official unveiling of the Civilian Internment Interpretive Board at the entrance of the Japanese War Cemetery, followed by commemorations for those civilians who died in internment during WW2, the yellow cranes for peace folded by Cowra students were placed along all the graves of civilians buried at the Japanese War Cemetery in Cowra.
Watch a video on the official proceedings on the day, filmed by members of the Civilian Internment Documentary Team, of course! : Cowra Civilian Internment Interpretive Board Unveiling & Commemorative Ceremonies
– Posted by Mayu Kanamori