There’s an old Japanese belief that if you make 1000 origami cranes, you wish will come true. Usually people make them when some one is very sick. Sometimes you’ll see them hanging at a temple, much like in the photo below.


I wonder what these were made for.



Filed under Japan, Temples, Tradition

5 responses to “1000

  1. 1000 Origami Cranes…in Japanese, called 「千羽鶴」 which translates literally to just “1000 Cranes”.

    Do you know the famous story of Sadako Sasaki? Died at the age of 12 in Hiroshima from leukemia from the atomic bombing of her city. She was folding 千羽鶴 and died before finishing so her friends finished folding them after she died.

  2. I’ve never heard that story before. It’s sounds pretty sad.

  3. You’ve never heard her story?
    Her statue is at Hiroshima?

  4. The only Hiroshima story I know is the manga “Barefoot Gen”. Which is mostly based on the author’s life after the bombing.

  5. That’s famous too. It’s a shocking cartoon.

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