The Crane

The crane, or tsuru in Japanese, is a tall bird. It is believed that giving a 1,000 origami cranes to someone will allow that person to make a wish. Cranes are also believed to have special healing powers.

In 1955, the twelve-year-old Japanese Sadako Sasaki fell sick, years after Japan was bombed in World War II. Sadako believed that she would get better if she folded 1,000 origami cranes. Unfortunately, due to her illness she was only able to finish 644 cranes. Friends and family finished the remaining 356 cranes. Sadako has her own statue in a park in Japan. People from all over the world leave origami cranes at the statue's feet.  

Click here to read more about Sadako Sasaki.

Click here for instructions on how to make an origami crane.

Click here for a video on how to make an origami crane.