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213,277 TSURU FOLDED | GOAL 525,000

We did it — we folded 125,000 cranes! 

Thank you thank you! Together, we are a mighty force.

We have therefore decided to set a new goal of 400,000 additional tsuru — the number of immigrants incarcerated annually — to add to our initial goal of 125,000. That brings our new goal to 525,000 and we are already nearing the halfway point. We hope that you’ll join us as we continue to fold. We wish to show that immigrant children, youths, families and other detainees seeking safety in our country will not be forgotten. Help us stop the indifference. 

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 stringing paper cranes. 

Let’s free our cranes from quarantine and share a photo of them on social media with the hashtag #tsururising. Please indicate your location and, if you’d like, add your name or organization. You may also send your image to

More details soon on where to send them–please hold onto them for now! 

tsuru folding instructions
credit: Lauren Sumida


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! 

Here is an ideal tsuru chain--tsuru resting on top of each other on a string about 4 feet long, with enough flexibility to bend

Check out our video tutorial for step-by-step tsuru stringing guidelines:

Video by Emiko Omori

Shout out to our tsuru community contributors - thank you so much!