In Japan, it is said that folding 1,000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. They were traditionally given as a wedding gift, to wish a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple.
Throughout all of Asia, the crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years.
According to Japanese tradition, folding 1,000 paper cranes gives a person a chance to make one special wish come true and as the crane is believed to live for 1,000 years thats why one folds 1000 paper cranes. I photographed this image at the wedding of Eri and Ross about 5 years ago; I was waiting by the desk for Eri to walk down the aisle of the room and spotted the beautiful light on the desk where the registrar was due to sign the wedding papers. its one of my favourite images. Apparently Eri and her girlfriends spent several months before the wedding making these origami cranes! they are truly beautiful.
in Qigong, the white crane is associated with royalty, beauty and grace. They are often found standing on one leg, and their movements soft, flowing and delicate. these beautiful white birds are known as protectors of family and are a great source of inspiration and wisdom, teaching us how to be reserved, quiet and content.