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Bonsall man receives 'one thousand cranes' for healing

Japanese tradition helping bring neighbors together in support of Doyall Sams


Last updated 10/8/2021 at 5:38pm

With the "1,000 cranes" in the background, from left are Doyall and Bonnie Sams, Megan Hayek with son, Aiko and Wally Pineda with daughter, and Linda Davenport. Also at the gathering in the Sams' backyard was Donna Lowe. Village News/Rick Monroe Photo

Rick Monroe

Special to the Village News

"Senbazuru" literally means 1,000 cranes in Japanese and refers not only to the wild bird, but to its delicate replication in colorful paper, in origami. The papers are individually folded to look like cranes and strung on string to create a lei. When the 1,000 are completed, tradition says the maker is granted a wish for healing.

Aki Pinda of Bonsall recalled the tradition that her grandmother shared about, and with help from her mother, aunt and cousin, completed the project in nearly two months. She recently delivered it to her neighbor, Doyall Sa...

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