Okinawa City sets Guinness World Record for longest origami crane lei on local Day of Peace

Okinawa City sets Guinness World Record for longest origami crane lei on local Day of Peace

On September 7 around 11:07 a.m. at the Okinawa City Gymnasium, those in charge of measuring the length of the origami crane lei do their work on the more than 9700-meter chain.

September 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition


In Okinawa City, a project called “The Origami Crane Project: The Longest Origami Crane Lei” has been underway in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the longest chain of connected origami cranes.

On September 7 at the Okinawa City Gymnasium the length measurement of the chain was disclosed at 9775.33 meters.

This exceeds the Guinness World Record set in Hiroshima City in 2013, the length of which was 7000 meters.

Citizens folded 33,380 origami cranes for this project.

When Guinness World Record adjudicator Mai McMillan announced that Okinawa City had set a new record, the room was engulfed in the applause and cheers of gathered citizens.

At about 3:31 p.m. at Okinawa City Gymnasium, those involved in making the more than 9700-meter paper crane lei delight in their achievement of a Guinness World Record.

The Battle of Okinawa surrender ceremony took place on land which is now within Kadena Air Base, but which was formerly Goeku Village, on September 7 in 1945.

The Okinawa City Citizens’ Day of Peace was established on this date in 1993.

The origami crane lei project’s length reveal was planned to coincide with this commemorative event in order to make the Okinawa City Citizens’ Day of Peace more widely known and to create a trend toward peace.

The goal for the project was to make the chain 9700 meters long.

The origami crane lei will be on display in the Okinawa City Office lobby from October 9 through 12 this year.

After the measurement was disclosed, Mayor of Okinawa City Sachio Kuwae said with gratitude: “Regardless of age, gender, or ability, many people collaborated to make this happen.

I think that each time September 7 rolls around, I will recall this day.”

Junior high school students from Okinawa City who were selected to be ambassadors for peace at the ceremony gave information on the activities of the day and performed Heiwa Songu (the Peace Song) out loud and in sign language simultaneously.


(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)


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