Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:30pm on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston

My name is Timothy Nagaoka, and I teach Japanese in the Boston Public Schools. With the support of the Japanese Consulate in Boston, the Fish Family Foundation, Boston's Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Japan Society of Boston, I am organizing an event called, "Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square" on Sunday, March 13th, 2016 on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event will commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Come to fold paper cranes

"Cranes on the Square" will take place on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event is open to the public, and it is free to participate. 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. Students studying Japanese and Japanese volunteers will set up tables around the display to teach people how to make the paper cranes.

Or, come to teach others how to fold paper cranes

The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that brings awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan four years ago and to remind them of the survivors who continue to rebuild from the wreckage. As one who lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, I know how devastating a major disaster can be, and how easily the rest of the world moves on while the survivors are left to rebuild. The event will remind people of the disaster and the survivors who continue to rebuild in the Northeast region of Japan.

Please take a moment to remember the tragedy, and fold a paper crane

To the left is a timelapse video taken of the event posted on Youtube. It shows the entire event in two mintues. The event has been mentioned twice in articles in the Yomiuri Shinbun Newspaper, a national newspaper in Japan: the first time with a picture on the March 11th, 2013 evening edition, and the second time in a column on the March 11th, 2015 morning edition.


I am looking for volunteers who are willing to help people fold paper cranes. I am looking for volunteers to help in the following shifts:

Shift 1: 11:00am-1:00pm

Shift 2: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Shift 3: 3:00pm-5:00pm

If you are able to volunteer, please email, with your name and the shift that you are volunteering for. Or, if you know someone that may be interested in volunteering, please forward the information to them.