HIROSHIMA--Designer Hiromi Momita has posted templates for paper cranes for posting on social networking services (SNS) in hopes of spreading a message from her hometown here for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Momita, 36, designed two types of cranes in red and white based on Japanese traditional origami paper cranes. One represents Hiroshima and the other Nagasaki.

The Nagasaki version was inspired by the Heiwa Kinenzo peace statue, located in Nagasaki, which measures almost 10 meters in height.

Momita is calling for people across the world to print out the template posted on her project website and fold it following the instructions listed there. Then, they can take a picture of their origami cranes and post the image on Instagram to express their desires for world peace.

“I want people to think and talk about peace through participating in the project,” Momita said. “So that they can have a sense that there are people all over the world who can share the thoughts with them, and they will be encouraged to convey the message.”

When posting, the project participants are requested to add the keyword, “#hiroshima86815” or “#nagasaki89112,” which represents the date and time of each of atomic bombs dropped, to their photos and messages.

More than 300 pictures of cranes along with such keywords had been posted on Instagram as of Aug. 25.

Momita grew up while learning about peace education in Hiroshima schools. After enrolling in a design vocational school in Tokyo, the peace lover recognized that people outside Hiroshima Prefecture were not that interested in the atomic bombings.

Momita heard from her grandmother in 2010 for the first time about her experiences of suffering from the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945. Her grandmother, who was then 16 or 17, walked around the devastated city for about three days after the bombing.

The victim’s story heightened Momita’s wishes for peace.

In addition, she learned from a news report in June 2017 that a school day of Aug. 6 during the summer holidays, which is dedicated to peace education, might be ended at many of the Hiroshima municipal government-run elementary and junior high schools. Momita’s sense of crisis was heightened.

Thus, she came up with an idea of the project named “A thousand origami cranes on Instagram,” designed the crane templates and set up her project website to spread the program.

Currently, Momita is working on promoting her project, bearing most of the costs through asking various facilities in the city to put up the leaflets combined with a template of an origami crane that she designed, while raising two of her children.

The template and the origami instructions are available on the website: (https://h86815n89112project.jimdo.com/).