Join us from anywhere - learn to make a paper tsuru:

We bring tsuru to our protest sites as a sign of peace and healing.

You can be a part of our actions by making and mailing paper cranes to:

JACL Chicago
5415 N. Clark St,
Chicago, IL, 6064 
National Japanese American Historical Society
1684 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115 
Duncan Ryuken Williams, c/o Ito Center
825 Bloom Walk, ACB 130D
Lose Angeles, CA 90089-1481 
 
tsuru folding instructions
credit: Lauren Sumida

Guidelines:

For stringing tsuru (cranes), we ask that tsuru be strung together, touching each other, with no loose thread or spaces between them. This is important, as it helps prevent the chain from tangling. If you would like to nest them inside each other, you may do so, but make sure they are not nested too tightly (otherwise the chain of tsuru cannot bend).

Other notes:

  • Please make the chain of tsuru no longer than 4 feet/ 1.2 meters.
  • It’s best to use no. 5 embroidery thread and a big tapestry needle. Please avoid use of fishing line or regular sewing thread to string the cranes–these tangle very easily.
  • Please make a loop at the top of the strung tsuru and fasten a large safety pin to it (not paper clips). 
  • The number of cranes per strand depends on the size of the origami paper
  • If you’d like to tag your string with a group or family name, please do so! 
  • If you can write the total number of cranes on the outside of each packaging, it will help us keep count without having to opening each package. 

 Thank you! 

New York-based Japanese American Theodora holds up a chain of paper cranes
Here is an ideal tsuru chain--tsuru resting on top of each other on a string about 4 feet long (thank you to Theodora Yoshikami for demonstrating!)