Origami, the Japanese paper folding art, was first historically mentioned three hundred years ago, but it is known that paper folding was used for religious ceremonies as far as 1400 years ago.
The most famous origami model is certainly the paper crane. In the Japanese mythology, the crane is a fantastic being which is said to live one thousand years. Therefore senbazuru, a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings, is one of the strongest good luck charms and is offered as a gift of childbirth (for long life and good luck) and at weddings (for a thousand years of happiness). And another beautiful popular belief is that the cranes will grant healing from illness to any person who will fold 1000 origami cranes…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: