My name is Timothy Nagaoka, and I teach Japanese in Boston Public Schools. I have been working with the Department of Parks and Recreation in Boston, the Japanese Consulate and the Japan Society of Boston to organize an event called, “Cranes on the Square” on Sunday, March 10th to commemorate the Second Anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.
“Cranes on the Square” will take place on the plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event is centered around an interactive display where passersby will participate in making paper cranes, which they will then add to the display. Cork Styrofoam panels will be placed on the plaza, and as the participants fold the paper cranes they will use skewers to stick the paper cranes onto the panels. As more people participate, the panels will fill with paper cranes. My students and other students studying Japanese in Boston will set up tables around the display to teach people how to make the paper cranes. The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that will bring awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan two years ago. After the event, the paper cranes will be handed to the Japanese Consulate to have the paper cranes delivered to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
March 10, Sunday 10am-2pm
Thank you for your support,