On the packaging for Stories In Stitches 3, I stamped a crane and the word “Peace” in Japanese. If you ordered one of the limited edition copies, you’ll find an envelope tucked in your book with origami paper and an origami crane. This is my wish for peace in the world.
The crane is sacred in Japan and legend holds that if you make 1000 paper cranes, good fortune and health will come your way. Sadako was a schoolgirl in Hiroshima in the 1940s. She was not killed in the blast from the atomic bomb that devastated her city but she later developed “a-bomb disease,” leukemia. Sadako wanted to fold 1000 origami cranes and be healed but she could not finish before the disease took her life. Today school children around the world make cranes as a way to remind the world of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII and as a dream and hope for a future filled with peace. The full story is here.