<p>A small flock of paper cranes — symbols of luck and hope — spread across the College Green Sunday as the Brown community and the Japanese Cultural Alliance observed the first anniversary of the natural disaster.</p>

The Japanese Cultural Association at Brown University held an event on Sunday, March 11, to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan exactly one year ago. “Cranes on the Green” was an interactive installation in which passersby could place blue and white paper cranes, handed out by the JCA, on the College Green. The event continued throughout the day, and the field of cranes slowly spread across the grass as more people participated. The Japanese regard the paper crane as a symbol of luck and hope.

This was the first of a series of commemorative events that will take place throughout March and April.
A complete schedule is available online.