Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (折鶴 orizuru) held together by strings.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. Some stories believe you are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish.
In some stories it is believed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within one year and they must all be made by the person who is to make the wish at the end.
This was supposed to be one of the tasks on my 50-before-50 list. I used to love origami and am always up for a challenge! I bought the paper last year and thought I would make a start today.
Blimey! I hadn't realised how hard it would be to make a crane from a 7.5 cm square of paper. It was so fiddly and I think I may shelve this particular task before I even start. My fingers and wrists are sore after just one crane!
I never usually let anything defeat me and have a tendency to plough on regardless. The cranes do look beautiful when strung together but I think my energy, and fingers, are best served elsewhere.
Now I just need to think of something else as a replacement for the list!
Quote for today:
Life is trying things to see if they work.
- Ray Bradbury