The image of the crane holds a very precious place in the hearts of Japanese people. Often used to express feelings of joy at times of celebration, the crane has become the most popular and beloved origami figure. Throughout history, it has been inextricably entwined with Japanese tradition and lore, from a legend promising that anyone who folds one thousand cranes will be granted a wish for long life or recovery from illness, to its role as a modern-day symbol of peace in recognition of a young Hiroshima victim.
With beautiful color photos and clear, easy-to-follow instructions, Crane Origami shows readers how to make 64 unusual and practical folded-paper creations including:
Chopstick holders and rests
Boxes and gift wrappings
Wreaths and other wall decorations
Ten of the designs are for connecting cranes cascades of multiple cranes made from cutting a single sheet of paper and date back to the Edo period.
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Everyday Uses and Special Occasions
Folding Crane with Smooth Wings
align at center avoid unwanted centerlines balloon balsa wood Beginning Square block printed washi Bobbing Cranes Bring left center See Steps centerlines on finished Completed model Crane Base crane folding Crease and fold crease crossing diagonals crease one diagonal creases for Beginning Cut here Leave cut slits diamond See Steps double-sided tape Edo Period finished wings Flapping Crane Fold down top Fold each square Fold See Steps Fold sides folding in half further creases hosho Kuwana layers LAYOUT lnside Reverse Fold lnstructions lnstructions on page metallic origami paper neck and tail original book paper for crane patterned washi paper printed washi paper Pull rectangular sheet right flaps SHEET OF WASHI side to align square into Beginning square metallic origami square origami paper square patterned washi Squares See pages sure to crease tail by lnside tapered necks THOUSAND CRANES top triangle uncut connection Unfold and fold upper flap washi origami paper wrong side