The Tanchouzuru (丹頂鶴), or Red Crowned Crane is a symbol for many things, all of which are positive. To name a few, it symbolizes good fortune, longevity, and loyalty.
It’s no wonder that the notion of folding 1000 paper cranes were said to have granted a wish, or eternal good luck, correlating to a long life, or recovery from illness. This is why these are given as a show of good will to newly weds, or those who are seriously ill. Originally, it was said that the crane lived for 1000 years, and as such you fold a paper crane, one for each year of its life.
With that said, Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding which dates as far back as the Heian period (which lasted from 794 to 1185); and very likely further past that time. As I am one who enjoys such things as figures and tradition, I figured I’d fold 1000 cranes myself. Not necessarily because I believe doing so will grant me good luck, or that I’ll have a wish granted. Rather, I hope to save it as a keepsake. I’m putting my own twist into this, as instead of having a wish at the end of the journey, I’ll write down a wish or poem on each crane as I fold them. I’ll call it the Crane a Day project, and maybe someday in the far off future I’ll read them, and reminiscence. Who knows?
Crane a Day Project
- Fold 1000 Cranes
- Fold 1 Crane a Day
- Write a Memento on Each Crane