The Legend of the Paper Crane

TRADITION

the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information etc. passed from to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.

I like wedding traditions; wearing a veil, the father walking the bride down the aisle and I love a good wedding speech. I also like that people are creating their own traditions to pass down onto the next generation.

When I started reading more into the legend behind the crane I knew Love Paper Crane was the perfect name for my business.  I’ve always loved origami and visually I love 1000 paper crane hanging together it looks very impressive.

As the legend is told, folding 1000 paper cranes and stringing them together (called a senbazuru), you will be granted one wish by a mystical crane. The art of folding 1000 paper cranes requires the same skills as is needed to make a marriage work; time (folding 1000 paper cranes can take over 100 hours) patience (because, sometimes patience is required when dealing with your man) and happiness. Paper Crane

In China the crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In Japan the crane is said to live for 1000 years, the crane is loyal as it mates for life, has a lot of strength and it flies high for miles without tiring. The Japanese Americans in Hawaii fold 1001 paper cranes, an extra crane for good luck. Paper cranes are also folded and given as gifts for hope and to show support for loved ones suffering from illness.

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So what do you do with your cranes after an event? I plan to place them all together in a photo frame. They make me smile and remind me every day how happy and incredibly lucky I am. I also add paper cranes to my Christmas tree, you could spray them gold or sprinkle with glitter.

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Image 1 – Glamour and Grace  |  Image 2 – Anna Kim Photography  |  Image 3 –  Emily VanHoff

Image 4 – Etsy