Origami Crane

I’m making origami cranes as Christmas gifts. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.

Here is a link to the famous story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who became ill with leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing during WWII and how the paper cranes became a symbol of healing in Japan. https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2015/08/28/how-paper-cranes-become-a-symbol-of-healing-in-japan/

My experimental origami paper using regular bond paper and watercolor. It is a bit stiff to fold. I’ll be trying out some other papers.

Paper before folding


Folded crane