Project: A Thousand Cranes 千羽鶴

I was helping my sister out in folding Paper Cranes. She was assigned to do a hundred of those while her other officemates were also given the task. They are to complete a thousand cranes that would be given as a send-off to one of their officemates who is leaving. It was a lot of fun working on the cranes. I’ve never memorized folding paper cranes but the repetition was really helpful in remembering the steps. Now, I know how to make paper cranes without a guide. I also tried a flapping bird, which differed slightly from the crane. It’s also nice that the origami paper is in different colors, which made it look brighter and fun. One of our professors said that his student once made a thousand paper cranes and gave it to his girlfriend. It does take a lot of patience to fold that much cranes. If the task is divided to many people, it won’t be a problem. My professor was amazed that someone would fold a thousand origami cranes for another person. I told her my elder cousin used to fold a thousand little stars too using thin strips of paper. She placed it in a jar. I learned folding a star from her.

Legend has it that folding 1000 origami cranes could grant the person a wish and that would come true. I’ve read also the story of Sadako Sasaki, which when I sent a link to my sister and she read the name Sadako, she thought that was from the movie Ring. Sadako folded a thousand origami cranes wishing that she be well again, after suffering from Leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing. While folding, she would offer her prayers of peace and prosperity for other people as well. So the Thousand Cranes has been equated to being a symbol of peace. A memorial was built for Sadako after she died. There’s a book called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977) by Eleanor Coerr.

We haven’t pulled the wings yet so that it would be easier to carry when my sister brings it. But once you do, the middle part will be bloated up and the cranes are all set up. They also thought about writing down messages for each, but maybe scrapped this plan. I agreed that they can do that by rolling the paper and putting it underneath the crane. Like the ones that The Thousand Cranes Shabu-Shabu did. We were given each when we entered the restaurant.The receiver would spend a lot of time opening the rolled papers and reading the messages. It’s just a thought 🙂

Kudos to their 1000 cranes gift.



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