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Explore the wonders of the Japanese imagination!

The Japan Peace Project is a set of resources, activities & learning experiences, carefully developed & selected to introduce children to the fascinating richness of Japanese food, art, language & culture.
In memory of Sadako Sasaki we also plannning to celebrate peace by sending 1000 origami cranes to Hiroshima made by Bristol children.

How to join in:

Everyone can:

  • Download our activities booklets, which are packed with games, songs & craft ideas – and bursting with beautiful art works from Japanese artists. Use the BAND Japan Project Peace Pack and Activity Pack to plan sessions in your setting or at home. The Peace Pack & Activities Pack can be downloaded below.
  • Join us & make an origami crane, or 10!, and drop them off at the BAND office to go to Hiroshima. Instructions are in the Peace Pack.

Settings can also (subject to availability) :

  • Request free origami paper
  • Request a free Origami Kit with origami paper, Japanese snacks, printouts and book on Sadako Sasaki, if you are able to commit to making 50 cranes to send out to Japan.
  • Borrow the BAND Japanese Resource Kit, full of Japanese items to look at, play with and try on in your setting.
  • Borrow the BAND Japanese Book Kit, full of Japanese story and language books for children, many bilingual.

Contact Sarah on sarah@bandltd.org.uk for more info and to sign up.

Let us know about your Japan activities:

Sadako Sasaki

Sadako Sasaki

The origami cranes will be sent in honour of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Aged 11 she was diagnosed with leukaemia, a type of cancer caused by the atomic bomb. While in the hospital, Sadako started to fold paper cranes.

Legend says that if you make 1000 cranes your wish will come true. Her wish was that she would get well again, and to have peace in a world free of nuclear weapons.

After Sadako died, her classmates raised money to build a memorial to her and all the children that were killed by the atomic bomb.

Our goal is to send 1000 origami cranes for the memorial.

Peace Pack:

The pack is free for anyone to download & use – it is full of resources & activities. Hit the Pop Out button in the top left to go to the download:

Activities Pack:

Another great pack – free for anyone to download & use. Hit the Pop Out button for the download page: