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TANABATA Festival in New York!

July 16, 2011

With all our effort and everybody’s help, our wish is coming true!

We are going to have Tanabata Festival in New York!
Please save the date

August 6th, Saturday – 3 pm to 7 pm
“Wish Come Tsuru” – Tanabata Festival in New York
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

This is a free event and open to public, please bring your friends and family and enjoy our beautiful Japanese culture.

We have less than a month left till the show and are busy busy making the ornament! Please see our first Tsuru Ornament we made for recent event, Dear Japan Art Show. It will be more of this at the event!
We will still need more and more TSURU(origami paper crane), so if you would like to send us some TSURU you made, please contact us!
You can view and download the direction of how to make TSURU HERE.


Tanabata Festival in New York

The TSURU Project brings a Japanese star festival to New York City to send wishes to people in Japan.

Join us August 6th, Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm for the TSURU Project’s first Tanabata Festival “Wish Come Tsuru” at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 – a very special one day event showcasing more than 3,000 colorful origami cranes in large ornaments, participatory workshops for origami cranes and tanzaku, thin paper strips for writing wishes to decorate bamboo branches, and live music performances by Japanese musicians.

With a mission of supporting Japan in its recovery from devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis, the TSURU Project has held interactive workshops with the people of New York to make origami cranes together since March 11, 2011 to spread awareness of Japan’s recovery progress and stimulate discussions on what we can do. It has provided a valuable opportunity especially for the children of New York to interact with the Japanese culture.

TSURU Project has a dream – our dream is to recreate the Sendai Tanabata Festival in New York City. The Sendai Tanabata Festival is held every summer in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the cities hit by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Because of the catastrophe that hit the region, the TSURU Project would like to send our wishes and encouragement by organizing our version of Tanabata festival in New York at the same day of the Sendai Tanabata Festival in Japan.

The Tenri Cultural Institute has generously donated Tenri Gallery in Manhattan to use for our cause.

The large ornaments will be on view and each string will be sold at suggested donation from $20 during a festival. Donation box will also be available. All the proceeds will go to Ashinaga’s “Rainbow House Fund,” Mazenda Fukushima Children’s Fund, and Tenri Cultural Institute’s “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.” Only cash can be accepted.

This is a free event and open to public.


七夕 in New York






2011年3月11日に起きた東北地方太平洋沖地震と津波は、人々の生活に甚大な被害及ぼしました。加えて、福島原発事故が発生し、放射線流出の見えない恐怖で被災地は現在でも先の見えない大きな不安に包まれています。 鶴プロジェクトは、3.11以降、NYで大人や子供達と一緒に折り鶴を制作するワークショップを行ってきました。参加して下さった方々には日本の復興過程を伝え、これからの未来を託された子供達には折り鶴という日本の文化に触れる機会を与えてきました。鶴プロジェクトは、NYと日本の絆を作り、これからの日本の文化復興を支援し、被災者に愛と希望を贈るプロジェクトです。


鶴プロジェクトは、ひとつの夢を叶えようとしています。 それは、東日本大震災の被災地の宮城県仙台市で毎年行われる仙台七夕祭りと同じ日にNYで七夕祭りをNYで開催することです。同日開催により、 日本の被災者にNYから願いを届けることを目的としています。仙台七夕祭りは、東北三大夏祭りの一つとして知られ、規模の大きさだけでなく、手の込んだ美しい七夕飾りを一目見ようと毎年全国各地から大勢の人々が訪れます。今回のNYでの七夕祭りでは、 鶴プロジェクトのメンバーであるブルックリン在住の日本人女性アーティスト達が、色とりどりの折り鶴でNYバージョン七夕飾り(吹流し)を制作しました。


尚、七夕飾りは小分けにして一本20ドルからの寄付金で販売されます。当日は募金箱も設置します。七夕祭りの収益金はすべて「あしなが育英会」、「マゼンダ福島こども基金」、ニューヨーク天理文化協会 の「Japan Earthquake Relief Fund」に寄付されます。現金のみの扱いとなります。是非とも多くの皆様にご来場、ご協力を頂ければ幸いです。


今回の企画は、ニューヨーク天理文化協会 のご好意によりギャラリースペースを提供して頂いています。



Wish Come Tsuru – Tanabata Festival in New York

Terni Cultural Institute

43A West 13th Street

New York, NY 10011 (Between 5th and 6th ave)




ニューヨーク天理文化協会Japan Earthquake Relief Fund:


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