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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.
In the Turning Point / An Adventure photo essay.
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