1,000 Origami Cranes

The oldest surviving publication on origami, the Senbazuru Orikata (How to Fold One Thousand Cranes) was published in 1797. The significance of the 1,000 origami  cranes–the bird’s fabled life span is one thousand years. The paper cranes symbolize good fortune and longevity.

Having lived in Japan, I know the Japanese people have abundant faith toward each other and loyalty toward their country. I don’t have one thousand pieces of paper to make 1,000 cranes. Traditionally the blue color symbolizes faith and the green–healing. Besides my donation, this is all I have to give Japan–for now.


9 thoughts on “1,000 Origami Cranes

  1. I remember in elementary school, my class made 1000 cranes for the cancer ward at the local hospital – one of the things that I still remember doing in school! Amazing to think that we are still doing something that people were doing so long ago..

  2. having growing up in hawaii, i used to be addicted to oragami as a child…what a wonderful way to support japan in spirit. have you heard of the artist peggy oki? she is a local artist here in santa barbara (california) and is involved with the origami whales project…i am sure it is something you would appreciate if you google it 🙂

    • Her legacy (and lifestyle) so far is one to be envied. She is certainly an involved citizen. I sent the link to school so that my students can get involved–at least after we make 1,000 cranes! Thanks for visiting and much thanks for introducing me to Peggy Oki! My new hero!

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