Senbazuru: The Japanese art of folding 1,000 origami cranes

  • Published on : 02/04/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

Senbazuru, which translates to "1,000 cranes" in Japanese, is a longstanding tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes. In Japanese culture, the crane symbolizes longevity, happiness, and good fortune. Folding a thousand cranes is often undertaken as a prayer for someone who is ill to recover, or as a wish for personal happiness and good luck. The most well-known story associated with senbazuru is that of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who developed leukemia as a result of radiation exposure from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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