Why 1000 Paper Cranes?
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by a crane - such as a long life or recovery from an illness or injury.
I have always loved this legend and after reading the story "Sadako and the Thousand Cranes" - I was inspired to fold 1000 paper cranes. The story is about a young girl - Sadako Saski. She was exposed to radiation when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. She was two years old at the time. She later developed leukemia and began folding origami cranes in the hopes that her wish to get well would come true. Sadako's story did not have a happy ending - but her goal to fold 1000 cranes has made the crane a symbol of world peace.
So I folded my 1000 cranes . . . I strung them all together - and love how they look and the legend behind them. I can't help but think of Sadako when I look at them. But then what . . . ? Why not fold 1000 more - but do something different with them this time. So I decided to start this blog . . . combine my love or origami, quotes, and my belief that faith and attitude can get a person through just about anything . . . and leave my cranes around for other people to find.
On each crane I will write a quote - and the link to this blog. I will leave the cranes at various places. Since I don't travel very often or very far - most of the cranes will start off in California. I would like to place all of the cranes myself. I am hoping that that I have the opportunity to place some further away from where I live and that some travel far from where they are first placed. I am also hoping to hear from people who find the cranes - and find out where they end up. Le's see what happens.