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