The paper crane has become an international symbol of good fortune and longevity, because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life. It’s said that a thousand folded cranes, one for each year of its life, makes a wish come true. In recent years it has also become a symbol for hope and peace as a result of it’s connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation after the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako became determined to reach a goal of folding 1,000 cranes in hopes of being rewarded with health, happiness, and peace. Although she died before reaching her goal, the tradition of sending origami cranes to the Hiroshima memorial has endured as a symbol of Japan’s ongoing wish for nuclear disarmament and world peace.
Chloë Owens & Chiaki L’Argent