One Thousand Origami Cranes

During class on Thursday we spent the majority of our time putting together origami pieces of art!  We started small by folding a pyramid, then put our efforts together to create an origami platonic solid.

This made me start to think about the significance that origami structures actually hold in other cultures.  After some research, I discovered a very interesting purpose for origami in Japanese culture.  In Japan, it is said that if a person is to possess one thousand paper cranes and string them together, they will be gifted a wish from the gods.  Common uses of this wish include infinite good luck, good health, and eternal happiness.

In Japan, Cranes are seen as mystical creatures much like dragons.  They are said to live for a thousand years, which is why they are strung together in pairs of 1000, there’s one crane for each year!  They are a popular gift at times of new beginnings.  At weddings they are given to the couple to wish them a good life, and to families when they have a child.  Sometimes people just hang them up in their house as a sign of good luck! Here’s some pictures of 1000 paper cranes

2 thoughts on “One Thousand Origami Cranes”

  1. I love learning about the history behind things, so I thought your post was super interesting! I decided to do even further research on the history of origami. You mentioned that they are commonly used for religious ceremonies such as weddings; I also learned that the Japanese words for “paper” is “kami” which is a homonym for the word “spirit” or “god”. There was a time where origami was strictly used for religious ceremonies only; paper butterflies were meant to symbolize the brides and grooms in Shinto weddings.

    In class, Brad made me a paper crane. The origami crane has become known as an international sign for peace. The organization named ‘Wings for Peace’ made the world’s largest crane in 1999. It was 215 feet tall, and it weighed 1,750 pounds; it had to be made inside of a football stadium! And, it was made entirely from paper.

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  2. What an interesting concept! I’ve always enjoyed origami; especially paper cranes. When I was little, my babysitter (who is now my best friend, which makes this story way better) taught me how to make a paper crane. Now, whenever I’m bored and need to entertain myself, all I do is make paper cranes. One day, I decided that I wanted to see how many paper cranes I could make in one sitting, I think it was around a hundred or so. That took everything out of me and I would never ever do that again in my life.

    Besides that fact, I did a little research on the 1,000 cranes legend and I found out that in the ancient Chinese culture, the cranes were thought to be “well-behaved like gentlemen, incorruptible and naturally clean and honest.” This may seem strange considering they are just paper origami figures, but I find it pretty cool how they can find the importance in the little things in life.

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