a thousand paper cranes.
it is said, that if one folds a thousand paper cranes on their own, without any help, they get one wish. or are blessed with eternal luck, or long life.
you cant give away your cranes, or take them from someone else.
the cranes are to be made and kept by you and only. at least, till you make 1000.
I learnt about these cranes when we read a story on Sadako Sasaki in, i think, 5th grade. She was exposed to the radiation during the Hiroshima bombing which happened during the world war 2 and soon developed leukemia. then when she was 12, she started folding paper cranes. in one of the two versions, it’s said that she folded 644 and then died, and the other says, she folded 1000 but her wish didnt come true and then died. there is tho, a statue of her in japan, where people leave paper cranes in her memory every year on obon day. (aka lantern day, is a buddhist event in japan where its believed that the ancestor’s spirits return to visit the relatives.)
either way, this legend has been very much fascinating. just thought all of you should know it.
(ps. its very hard to make these paper cranes. but once you get a hang of it, it becomes easy. but at first, it was tough. for me at least)