Thousand origami cranes

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UploadedDecember 6, 2009
TakenJuly 29, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot G10
Exposure1/160 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6.785 mm
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Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures, and is said to live for a thousand years.

Also traditionally given as a wedding gift to wish a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple; and gifted to new borns for long life and good luck.

The cranes became a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese schoolgirl who tried to defy the leukemia she suffered as a result of radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima by making one thousand origami cranes.

She folded only 644 before passing away. Her friends completed the rest and buried them all with her.

These garlands were hung at Ishite-ji temple in Shikoku.

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20 responses

  • Christopher Godish

    Christopher Godish said (7 Dec 2009):

    Great shot. Check out my interpretation of the same subject.

    Do you come to Japan often?

  • joe navin

    joe navin said (7 Dec 2009):

    Thanks Christopher. I enjoyed your origami crane rainbow :)

    I've only been to Japan once (last summer) but covered a lot of ground. Loved it and will be back - there's so much I didn't get to see. Joe

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Love the colors!

  • Sara Knick

    Sara Knick gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    Very, very, very amazing!

  • Mia Pelosi

    Mia Pelosi said (10 Mar 2010):

    My mother and I folded 1000 cranes as a wedding present to my sister...we used them at her wedding and then to decorate her Christmas tree the past 4 years. I love seeing them en masse like this.

  • joe navin

    joe navin said (10 Mar 2010):

    What a lovely thing to do for your sister.


    JOE FAILK gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Very well done! Vote

  • Kiran G

    Kiran G gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Voted.......... great one.............

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    great capture of this tradition - my vote!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    Loving it, gets my vote.

  • Mark Stanley

    Mark Stanley said (22 Mar 2010):

    I was living in Japan while my wife was in her last year of college in the US. Her sister’s and sister-in-law’s made a 1,000 origami cranes and shipped them all over the US to each other untill they had 1,000 made. They were hanging from the ceiling not to far from our wedding cake. We still have them and have been married for seventeen years. Voted!

  • joe navin

    joe navin said (22 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful story Mark - here's to another 983 years of married bliss :-)

  • vonAsh

    vonAsh gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful! And thank you for also giving the background!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Mar 2010):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • Taryn Wiens

    Taryn Wiens (Deleted) gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    Beatiful photo and story!

  • Fatima Abadilla

    Fatima Abadilla (Deleted) gave props (23 Apr 2010):

    voted! :)

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2010):

    Like it,.............. voted.....

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (15 May 2010):

    I lived in Japan for a year, it is truly magical. Lovely photo

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (11 Jul 2010):

    Thanks for the interesting information to go with the photo!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Feb 2012):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most excellently).

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