Paper Crane


The Crane symbolizes good fortune and longevity in my home country, Japan.
Because of its image of good luck, people started creating paper cranes by origami, and showed appreciation to Kami: gods of Shinto, by dedicating many pieces of the paper cranes to them.

This tradition of making paper cranes for Kami, has become a prayer. When people wish for health and good luck for someone, they started making cranes as their prayer.
Sadako Sasaki, one of the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, also kept folding cranes in her bed, praying for her recovery from aftereffects of the nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, she passed away due to her disease when she was only 12.
Her story has been known to people not only in Japan but also all over the world. Paper crane has become a symbol of peace.

Please visit the portfolio page for my paper crane works.