It is asserted that everyone has his own hopes and wishes. According to Japanese tradition, 1000 Paper Cranes (also referred to as Senbazuru) can help people to cherish their wishes and make them become true.
A person who folds 1000 Origami Cranes will be granted a chance to make one significant wish.
Legend says that the Cranes – the holy creature – can live up to 1000 years that will mystically bring luck,
1000 Origami Cranes will help you make one wish become true
peace, contentment, and success to the ones that hold 1000 Paper Cranes.
Every hope involved longevity, happiness, luck, health, etc., are all addressed. Under that light, folding these paper beautiful birds, you yourself are given the gifts of luck and success.
Besides, the Cranes are the meaningful and supportive gifts for family members and acquaintances with the hopes that they will recover from illness, gain promotion, and live in blissful happiness. Some people also hang them in their homes, beautifully.
The artistic beauty and mystical meanings of the Paper Cranes have influenced people all over the globe. In several temples in Tokyo and Hiroshima, it is very easy to find the strings of 1000 Paper Cranes embracing the best wishes for the peaceful world.
Year by year, a large number of students and prayers donate their Senbazuru to the Temples for more peace and merit. In Western countries, people prefer to give the Origami Cranes to the sick or cancer patients for more hopes, use them at the Funerals or put them on the grave for the peaceful rest.
Moreover, Senbazuru turns to be the meaningful tool for appealing and raising humans’ wildlife awareness. In that sense, The International Crane Foundation sponsors 1000 Cranes Campaign in order to save these rare and exquisite birds.
In Japan, whenever talking about Origami Cranes, it can’t help mentioning the moving story of Sadako Sasaki – a girl who suffered leukemia from Hiroshima nuclear bomb’s radiation. She grew up in sick and died at a young age.
Hoping to lengthen the life-span, she tried to fold 1000 Cranes from paper and other foldable materials. Unfortunately, she was just able to make 644 Cranes before her death in 1955. On behalf of Sadako,
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
her friends and family members finished the rest for her.
Being as a worldwide symbol of the naive children harmed by War, people can witness the statue of Sadako Sasaki keeping a crane in Hiroshima Peace Park.
More meaningfully, in the peace education program of Elementary Schools, the children book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” (by Eleanor Coerr) telling detailed story of Sadako’s life and hopes is widely used.
Now, are you ready to make 1000 Origami Cranes? It is your turn to be the next person saying “YES” to luck and happiness!
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