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Yukiko Matsuura (left) and June Cannon display thousands of origami cranes made by residents of a senior assisted living center in Shizuoka, Japan, where Cannon's parents live. "They want to be part of this relief effort," Cannon said.
Folding origami cranes is an ancient Japanese tradition and symbolizes healing prayers. One thousand cranes are folded for the wish of the maker, Cannon said. Mr. Yoshioka from Japan folded 2,000 cranes and donated them for this evening's relief concert for Japan.
The concert featuring local talent begins at 7:30 o'clock this evening at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center; a silent auction at 7 p.m. precedes the concert. Admission is free. All donations will be sent to the Japanese Red Cross to help rebuild Japan.