Thank you to Google for its March 14, 2012 Google Doodle that reminded me of Akira Yoshizawa‘s 101st birthday. Though I’ve always enjoyed origami, before today, I never really thought about who inspired its popularity.
Thinking about origami reminded me of a trip my mother, sisters and daughter took to Japan a few years ago.
There, we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Of course I’d read the history of Hiroshima. But, even six decades later, the vision of what remains of the damage is startling. My first reaction was to deny to myself that our nation could have been responsible for such destruction. But of course, how could I deny it?
As we walked around the memorial site, a group of Japanese boys approached us, and asked if we would let them walk with us and answer any questions we might have about the memorial. It was a part of a school project they said.
At first, it was difficult to communicate, as they knew little English, and we knew even less Japanese. But as we walked around, I was surprised to find how much we were able to communicate with gestures and expresssions.