How to fold origami cranes and the hope-inspiring legend behind them

How to fold origami cranes and the hope-inspiring legend behind them

Origami, which dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, is the act of folding paper into decorative shapes and objects. Paper was very expensive to produce back then, so this was something only the very rich could afford to do. As time passed, and paper became more affordable, origami gained popularity as a hobby that anyone could do - if you know how to follow the instructions, that is!


Origami artist Kade Chan folds more than paper cranes, how about a phoenix?


Senbazuru is a Japanese term that refers to a group of 1,000 paper cranes. According to legend, if you fold 1,000 cranes, you’ll be granted a wish from the gods. If you’ve got a desperate desire you’d like a little helping hand with, then follow the instructions below to create your very own wish-granting crane.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

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