As part of an internal wellbeing initiative, and to create something special for a local charity, Three Whiskey will be taking part in an agency-wide Orizuru challenge.
Orizuru (meaning ‘folded crane’ in Japanese) is one of the most classic origami designs. In Japanese culture, it’s believed that the crane’s wings carry souls up to paradise and, as such, it’s considered a mystical – and almost holy – creature.
In Japanese culture, it’s believed that the crane’s wings carry souls up to paradise and, as such, it’s considered a mystical – and almost holy – creature.
Popularised by a classic story based on the life of Sadako Sasaki (a Hiroshima survivor who at age 12, after spending a significant amount of time in a hospital, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand), Senbarazu, meaning 'thousand cranes', is the practise of folding 1000 cranes and stringing them together. According to ancient Japanese legend, if someone folds a thousand cranes they are granted one wish.
Senbarazu are often donated to temples, by school groups or individuals, to add to the prayer for peace. The cranes are left exposed to the elements and dissolve, symbolically ‘releasing’ the wish. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, even used the folding of one thousand cranes as one of the tests for candidates of its astronaut program.
Some stories say you are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. This makes them popular gifts for friends, family and charities. It’s also claimed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within a year in order for the wish to come true, which is why we’ve also given ourselves this deadline!
Why do we want to do this?
It’s easy to get caught up in screens and work when we’re stuck at home, forgetting the importance of occasionally taking a break to connect with our outside environment.
We want to encourage ourselves and others to take part in more mindful activities during lockdown. It’s easy to get caught up in screens and work when we’re stuck at home, forgetting the importance of occasionally taking a break to connect with our outside environment.
Orizuru gives us an opportunity to mindfully collaborate and work towards a common goal, together, while continuing the conversation around positive mental health management. The result will be art that we can donate to local charities or other good causes! We look forward to updating you on our progress.
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