2021 Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

On display on Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm on the Lawn of Copley Square in Boston

Ten years...

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the 2011 Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that killed 15,000 people and relocated 200,000. In the past, we have organized origami paper crane folding events on Copley Square to commemorate the tragedy.

However, with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the event this year to celebrate the ten years that have passed since the disaster will be contactless. We will display large white origami paper cranes on the lawn of Copley Square.

Come see the large origami paper cranes

The paper cranes are constructed from 6ftx6ft cardstock paper, and each have a wing span of 5ft. Ten will be on display on the lawn of Copley Square.

And take a moment to remember the tragedy ten years ago

The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that brings awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan ten 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.

In the past, we gathered to fold paper cranes

To the left are timelapse videos taken of past events posted on Youtube. They show the entire six-hour 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.

Making the Large Paper Crane

To the right is a timelapse video posted on Youtube of how the large origami paper cranes are folded using 6ftx6ft cardstock paper.

Learn about the Disaster

Natural disasters often cannot be prevented or even avoided. However, as an educator, I believe that we can help people understand it. Below, I have created short video clips that help explain the various components of the Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Day 1

The short video clip describes the events that occurred on March 11th, 2011, the day of the Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Magnitude of an Earthquake

The short video clip shows the affects of an earthquake on a room in varying magnitudes. It begins by showing the affects of a magnitude 1 earthquake, and continues until showing the affects of a magnitude 7 earthquake. The Northeast Japan Earthquake was a magnitude 9.

Tsunami Explained with Connect 4

The short video clip uses the popular board game, Connect 4 to show the displacement of water caused by a shift in the fault line, which causes the water to rise and results in a Tsunami. The red pieces represent the surface underwater, and the yellow pieces represent the water.

Tectonic Dinner Plates

The short video clip uses dinner plates to show the Tectonic Plates that surround Japan. It also describes the mechanism that shifts the Tectonic Plates and causes Earthquakes.

Radiation in a Nutshell

The short video clip shows the affects of Radiation on a person. Among younger students, there is a misconception of Radiation as some kind of toxic fume. Radiation is a ray of energy that can break the chemical bonds in the DNA of a cell, which will disrupt its function and result in the mutation or the death of the cell.

The Lonely Isotope

The short video clip tells a story from the perspective of an isotope. It explains how an isotope is different from regular atoms, and how it creates energy to fuel power plants and bombs.