Legend of the Crane (鶴 ) : A Symbol of Hope
Origami and the crane are commonly intertwined in Japanese culture. The practice of folding paper cranes is a symbol of hope and also healing during challenging times. Traditionally it was believed that folding 1,000 origami cranes would lead to a wish coming true.
The Senbazuru, or the folding of a thousand paper cranes, is a common practice for bringing luck. The significance of folding cranes comes from the story of Sadako Sasaki. As a young girl diagnosed with leukemia, Sasaki took to folding cranes as a way to cope with her illness. Sadako set the goal of folding 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope. Today the people of Japan carry on the tradition, folding cranes in hopes of generating happiness and peace for those in need. A memorial statue of Sadako holding a paper crane still stands in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.