Yoshiko Green, who teaches Japanese language and culture at Indiana University South Bend, holds an origami figure.
Now, as the teacher of Japanese at Indiana University South Bend
for the past 12 years, Green
is bringing this inspiring story to her
students and the larger community.
passed away at 12," Green
said, "but this story has become so big in Japan.
When I was young I didn't really think to send to Hiroshima," said Green
Over the last five months, Green
and a few of her
students have made a display of 1,000 origami cranes to send to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima.
said, "My Japanese students are interested in Japan and know about the Hiroshima bomb and don't want anything like that to happen again."
couldn't, so we made for her
so this will not happen again," Green
was not born in 1945, she
recalled, "My friend, her
mother was in Hiroshima, she
has effect from the bomb."
When the Japanese Club members learned about Sadako and the 1,000 cranes from Green
, they searched the Internet for the 1,000 crane story.
"They are like my children," said Green
The chemistry department at IUSB
has an octagonal box on display that Green
made demonstrating the mathematical and geometric properties of origami.
"Japanese stay home, have very good fingers, very pretty paper, been doing origami since the 14th century," Green
will have a booth at the Girl Scouts Conference at IUSB
May 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., where she
will teach origami art.She
will also be present at the Human Spirits Uniting meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. July 3 at the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend.The public is invited to spend the afternoon in dialogue with Green
, folding into the origami cranes hopes and desires for peace and healing.