It's a Japanese traditional culture to fold a thousand pieces of crane-like folding papers and give them to patients hoping their early recovery from sickness or injury.
When the tremendous earthquake occured in Chili, some Japanese people planned to send Senbazuru (a thousand pieces of crane-like folding papers) to the victims of the earthquake. Senbazuru does have good meaning for the Japanese, but how would the victims feel if they received 1000 pieces of crane-like folding papers when they are desperate for vital supports such as food and drink? It was discussed on a Japanese bulletin board, and most users were critical about the plan, and they insisted that it was mere self-satisfaction because people in Chili needed substantial supports and they didn't know the culture. I think it's reasonable that they send Senbazuru together with food and drink since it can support them both physically and mentally, but the mental support solely is not enough and it might even disappoint the victims.
What do you think of this case?
Cake before flowers, or flowers before cake?
Senba-Tsuru A piece of crane-like folding paper