March 12, 2017 – Timothy Nagaoka, organizer of Cranes on the Square, sets up paper crane displays for his event “Cranes on the Square” in Boston, MA on Sunday morning. Nagaoka lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and started the event five years ago to support survivors of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake of 2011. Photo by Clairissa Baker.
March 12, 2017 – Paper cranes placed by participants lean from the wind in Copley Square in Boston, MA on Sunday morning. Timothy Nagaoka created the event “Cranes on the Square” to raise awareness for the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake of 2011. This is his fifth year running the event, and he keeps the cranes to send to Japan. “That’s the goal, really, to show the people affected that the people of Boston support them,” Nagaoka said. Photo by Clairissa Baker.
March 12, 2017 – Connie (left), a volunteer with Cranes on the Square, works the morning shift in Copley Square and teaches Jorge, a passerby, how to fold a paper crane. Volunteers from the Japanese Consulate and other local organizations, such as the Japan Society of Boston, helped teach participants how to make paper cranes. People wrote messages and signed the cranes, which were displayed on corkboards. Photo by Clairissa Baker.
March 12, 2017 – Aileen Nagaoka (left) helps three unnamed participants make paper cranes in Boston, MA, Sunday morning. Aileen said there was a good turnout for the event despite the cold. It is not easy to fold paper cranes in gloves, she said, but people were managing well. Photo by Clairissa Baker.
March 12, 2017 – Unidentified participants make cranes with the help of volunteers in Copley Square in Boston, MA, Sunday morning. After folding the cranes, the participants wrote messages and displayed the cranes on corkboards in support of the earthquake that hit Japan six years ago. Photo by Clairissa Baker.