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Well-wishers fold 50,000 origami cranes for KyoAni victims

JIJI

More than 50,000 origami paper cranes made by thousands of anime fans and well-wishers were presented Thursday in tribute to the victims of the arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio three weeks ago.

It took two weeks to fold the cranes and around 2,500 people took part in the initiative at a location within Keihan Electric Railway Co.’s Uji Station.

On Thursday the cranes were placed on a stand near the burned-out building in the city of Kyoto.

The initiative delivered a twin message: It sent wishes for a speedy recovery and expressed thanks to Kyoto Animation for spreading hope through its productions.

The initiative was led by a nonprofit group in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, where Kyoto Animation, also known as KyoAni, is based. Uji was the setting for its popular movie “Sound! Euphonium.”

“KyoAni is our hope, portraying our town beautifully to allow us to rediscover its attractiveness,” said Masayo Hino, 52, the group’s leader.

“We hope the origami cranes will make it widely known that many people want to do something for KyoAni,” Hino said.

Some of the cranes were delivered by hand, others by mail.

The July 18 arson attack at the company’s studio killed 35 people.