Sunday, September 09, 2007

Cranes come to Japantown—all 17,000 of them

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of sister-city relations between Osaka, Japan, and San Francisco, a festival was held yesterday in the City by the Bay's Japantown, including the hanging of banners made of 17,000 origami cranes. Each crane was folded from paper on which Japantown visitors had inscribed their wishes:

One young wisher ... asked for "my brother (to) stop pulling my hair."

Crane banners are hung on the Peace Pagoda in San Francsico Japantown.

—Mellow Monk

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