the japanese legend

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)

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. V. Ananya says:

    That nice to know! 🙂

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  2. Shinitakunai says:

    Number 4 is inauspicious in Japan because it has same pronunciation with the word ‘death’ in Japanese. Hence any item in four numbers is considered inauspicious. Hence, you should not give in Japan presents consisting of four pieces. Hotels and other places often skip the number 4 while giving number to rooms. Just found this.I’m totally in love with japanese legends, myths and culture. I really like your blog 🙂

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    1. tee says:

      that’s a very good fact to know. ive always heard that number 4 was considered unlucky, never knew the reason. thanks for sharing, haha! and japanese legends are indeed very fascinating. thanks a lot. 😊

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    2. V. Ananya says:

      That’ nice to know!

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  3. manahaal says:

    Your blog is too beautiful!🌸 By the way, this post was really unique! 🙂

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    1. tee says:

      thankyou so much. means a lot lot. 😊😊

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  4. M. says:

    It was World War II.
    This is so nice, I love your blog.

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    1. tee says:

      oh yes shit, so sorry. Hiroshima bombing was world war 2 only. got my facts mixed up so badly. haha, thanks a lot tho. (and I corrected it too)

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      1. M. says:

        Anytime 🙂 You write so beautifully, it makes up for it.

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      2. tee says:

        thankyou so much omg. wow.

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  5. I just read and enjoyed The Crane Wife, which was based on a Japanese legend. Some of that stuff is wonderful. May I ask how many cranes you have folded so far? 🙂

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    1. tee says:

      you’ll be disappointed to know that I’ve only folded 7 till now. excuse me for being a very lazy person. 😦

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      1. Hey, not to stress – 7/1000 of a free wish is better than none – right? 😉

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      2. tee says:

        hahahaha yes haha

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    1. tee says:

      oh wow, thankyou so so much. this made my day haha, means a lot! thankyouu 🙂

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