On August 16, the Toyama Shimbun newspaper in Toyama Prefecture (Oregon’s sister state) published an article lauding Hokusei North America’s efforts to work with the Portland Japanese Garden to promote peace through the display of “Ori-tsuru”-themed products.

An Ori-tsuru is an origami (folded paper art) version of a crane, which in Japanese culture is a symbol of good fortune and longevity. In this context, Ori-tsuru are often made to promote peace.

Hokusei North America partnered with the Portland Japanese Garden to display and offer for sale Ori-tsuru-themed products for the Garden’s annual “Behind the Shoji” event.  The 2020 event runs from August 8 to September 13.  For more details, please visit: https://japanesegarden.org/events/behind-the-shoji-summer-marketplace/