Sen Mille Thousand – Hiroshima orizuru: new ideas for a social design

Sen Mille Thousand – Hiroshima orizuru: new ideas for a social design

During the “Salone del Mobile” this week in Milan there is something spectacular to admire at Fabbrica del Vapore: thousand and thousand of paper cranes showed in an installation and shipped here directly from Hiroshima Peace Park.

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Art work by Yuki Seli

14th-19th of April 2015

Fabbrica del Vapore - Palazzina Liberty

via Procaccini 4 – Milano

Sen Mille Thousand - foto di Daborah Dellutri

The city of Hiroshima would like to show to Italy its project of recycling of the amount of paper cranes that every year millions of visitors offer to the Children Monument located inside the Park. The custom build bundles of “a thousand cranes” – hence the title of the exhibition Sen Mille Thousand – stems from a gesture of the little Sadako Sasaki while she was in the hospital suffering from leucemia after the explosion of the bomb. Sadako-chan died at the age of only 12 years, but the habit of giving thousand paper cranes to the sick people or bring them to the memorial Peace Park continues today.


The symbol of the crane is not casual, in the ancient Japan, in fact, it has always been a symbol of peace, prosperity and good luck. We can see it represented in screens and in emakimono – painted scrolls – that characterize the traditional Japanese art, as well as small items that are given away for good luck .

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Today the Japanese company Nissey Sangyo, has decided to collect tons of paper cranes from the park and to recycle this material transforming it into business cards, calligraphy paper or even clothes available on sale at Nissey Sangyo’s group company Camino. Co. Ltd.

The rebirth concept has been re-interpreted in the installation by Yuki Seli. The artist was present at the exhibition today morning and he invited us to take a look “yukkuri“, which in Japanese it means calmly and quietly.

Inside the room we were surrounded by hundreds of floating cranes in colorful paper. The effect is heart-warming, it really seems that those cranes, made with lots of love and full of the prayers of the people, have come back to life again!

Sen Mille Thousand - foto di Daborah Dellutri

The artist Yuki Seli, author of the exhibition Sea We Don’t See, gave us a little interview in Japanese and explained the concept behind the installation:

When I took an orizuru in my hands I thought those cranes could no longer fly. I so wanted to free them from this thread and give them the opportunity to come back again to fly. This my intent is also an act of hope for the future.

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In a previous exhibition by Seli Yuki we had already noticed the social commitment of the artist to what is happening in their homeland by the artist (click here to read a review of it). The collection of photographs belonging to Sea We Don’t See, in fact, depicted the Tohoku area, affected during the disaster of 2011, withdrawing it today, with the clear intention of revealing the nature that continues to live and be reborn in the places of the catastrophe.

We asked him a last question: What do you when you go to the Peace Park in Hiroshima?

When I enter into the park I just listen to the sound of the wind, I can taste it. No words come out of my mouth.

Sen Mille Thousand - foto di Daborah Dellutri


After this confidence, we choose one the necklaces made with origami order to do not forget.

Sen Mille Thousand - foto di Daborah Dellutri

Thanks to Yoko Noguchi and Rossella Menegazzo – author of ” WA – the essence of Japanese aesthetics” – who invited us to discover this event.
The exhibition Sen Mille Thousans was organized as part of Posti di Vista ( )
With the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Japan in Milan , and with the support of the city of Hiroshima
By Rossella Menegazzo
Installation and photography Yuki Seli
In collaboration with the Cultural Association IlFISCHIO.Doc

Words by Elisa Da Rin Puppel
Pictures by Deborah Delutti



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