One Thousand Cranes - ORIGAMI exhibition - MIGNON 2009
Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese meaning to fold paper. Much of the early history of origami is nebulous. However art's origins took root during the early seventh century. Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as a long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy beasts (others include the dragon and tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. A thousand paper cranes is also traditionally given as a gift to a new baby for long life and good luck.