the art of folding paper, is well-known to have originated from the
Land of the Rising Sun. The paper crane is one of the most popular forms
of origami. But did you know there is actually a legend behind building
these paper cranes?
What the legend is all about
for something is as natural as breathing to humans. It is not
surprising that in our lifetime, we are acquainted with different
beliefs on how to make our wishes come true. In Japan, there is an
interesting way of getting your wish granted, but it isn't as easy as
just wishing on a shooting star. It is a task that requires patience,
dedication, and, well, lots of paper.
which literally means a thousand cranes, is the art of folding origami
cranes and tying all of them in a string. According to this Japanese
legend, the person who can accomplish this will have his or her wish
Cultural background of Japan
Japan, the crane is considered as a mystical animal that is believed to
live for a thousand years. Because of this, it became a symbol of good
luck and long life. It also symbolizes fidelity, because when two cranes
mate, they remain loyal to each other until they die.
A history of Senbazuru
back then, paper folding (origami) in Japan was considered as a
ceremonial and religious art. Since the crane is believed to live for a
thousand years, each paper crane represents one year in a crane's life.
When one has completed 1000 origami cranes, then the sacred crane will
grant his or her wish. It was also believed that if a sick person folds
1000 cranes, then he or she will get well again.
Senbazuru took on a new meaning after World War 2. According to the
stories, a girl named Sadako Sasaki was diagnosed with leukemia, which
she got from the radiation caused by the Hiroshima bombing during the
war. Hoping that she will get well again, Sadako decided to fold 1000
cranes. A popular version of the story says that she was only able to
fold 644 paper cranes before she passed away. Years after her death, a
monument was built in her honor, now known as the Children's Peace
Monument. It represents a child's hope and cry for world peace. Every
year on August 6, children from all over the world send folded paper
cranes to Sadako's statue to keep this hope alive.
folded thousand cranes are given as gifts for weddings (since cranes
represent fidelity) and birth of a new child (for long life). It is also
hanged inside the house for good luck.
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