Origami Activities For Kids
The Crane represents the most popular Japanese contribution to origami. It embodies elegant lines, perfect composition, and requires the folder to achieve a certain degree of skill to produce an acceptable model.
The crane has always been an important figure in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art for many reasons, perhaps the main reason being that
they are beautiful birds with long legs, an elegant neck, a slender beak, and large, powerful wings. The crane is a symbol of peace and represents
an ideal of quiet strength and beauty, fidelity and faithfulness, and patience. It is considered good luck to see a crane because they often travel great distances and could be gone for a long time.
There is an Asian legend that the crane lives for one thousand years. Since the Japanese developed the folding design for the traditional paper crane, the legend has been extended to bestow luck and good fortune on anyone who folds one thousand cranes. Certainly, when times were difficult, anyone with the luxury of enough time to fold one thousand cranes was indeed blessed.
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