Message from the producer
It began with a chance encounter in Avignon, France on 15 August 2015, at the end of the anniversary of WWII in Japan. We were inexplicably drawn to a promotional item handed out to the spectators of the Tour de France almost 100 years ago – a beautiful paper fan, bearing a sponsor’s logo.
The fan hailed from the era of ‘Japonisme’, when Impressionist artists such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh became besotted with all things Japanese – culture, craftsmanship and creativity. Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, in particular, were a source of abundant inspiration. The movement was not limited to the art world – the fashion world was also hooked on Japonisme, with couturiers fascinated by the Japanese handheld fans in daily use. This period came to be known as the Belle Époque – the cradle of the concept behind FANO.
On 6 August every year, a day the world must never forget, a Peace Ceremony is held in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Some 10 million precious orizuru paper cranes, weighing 10 tons, are sent from around the world to the Children’s Peace Monument. A thought suddenly occurred to us. How wonderful it would be if these paper cranes could be recycled and reborn as something that could continue spreading a message of peace and joy to the world. And so we imagined – and later realised – the vision of FANO.
Today, Nissey Sangyo Co.,Ltd. is recycling the lovingly made cranes into paper pulp. With that pulp, Camino Co., Ltd. develops, makes and markets FANO, the first in a series of recycled orizuru products.
The prototype for FANO – a fan made from recycled orizuru paper cranes – arrived in Japan from France on 15 August 2014. It was finessed in 2015, stirring memories of that beautiful bygone era, and bearing the wishes for peace of a thousand cranes.
We cannot relive the past, but we can rekindle its spirit. We cannot thank every individual whose wishes for peace were sent on the wings of paper cranes, but we can relay their hopes and dreams by transforming them into objects that touch the lives of many. Every FANO circulates prayers for world peace, and conveys our deepest gratitude for the moment of revelation that visited us on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
August 2015 Michiyo Tanabe, Producer