Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thousand Origami Cranes

How are you familiar with paper cranes or thousand origami cranes? Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings.
(photos were taken @ the Asian Pacific Rim Fest)
According to wikipedia, an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.
Here's my daughter trying to make a crane. The lady was very nice and patient on helping Akesha.

A thousand paper cranes is also traditionally given as a wedding gift by the folder, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. It can also be gifted to a new baby for long life and good luck.