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Japanese origami cranes

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Japanese origami cranes

  1. 1. JAPANESE ORIGAMICRANE History and Legend
  2. 2. The Japanese word “origami” is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: “ori”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper.Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan during the 6th century.The first Japanese origami is dated from that time period and was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper.
  3. 3. In 1797 the first known origami book was published in Japan: Senbazuru Orikata.There are several stories in Japanese culture, such as the story of Abe no Seimei making a paper bird and turning it into a real one.One of the most famous origami designs is the Japanese Crane.The crane is lucky in Japanese culture.
  4. 4. Legend says that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will have their heart‟s desire come true.The origami crane has become a symbol of peace because of this belief and because of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki.Sadako was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as an infant, and it took its inevitable toll on her health.She was a hibakusha – an atomic bomb survivor.By the time she was 12, in 1955, she was dying of leukemia.
  5. 5.  Hearing the legend of the Japanese crane, Sadako decided to fold 1,000 origami cranes so that she could live. When she saw that the other children in her ward were dying, she realized that she would no survive and wished instead for world peace and an end to suffering. A popular version of the tale is that Sadako folded 644 cranes before she died; her classmates then continued folding cranes in honor of their friend. She was buried with a wreath of 1,000 cranes to honor her dream. While her effort could not extend her life, it moved her friends to make a granite statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park: a girl standing with her hands outstretched, a paper crane flying from her fingertips.
  6. 6. Every year the statue of Sadako is adorned with thousands of wreaths made with 1,000 origami cranes.A group of 1,000 paper cranes is called senbazuru in Japanese.The tale of Sadako has been dramatized in many books and movies. In one version, Sadako wrote a haiku that translates into English as: „I shall write peace upon your wings, and you shall fly around the world so that children will no longer have to die this way.

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