Japanese Crane


Japanese Crane study based on Kyoto's Kimono designs for a back piece composition.  The Crane is said to live 1000 years and is a symbol of longevity and health. Cranes are believed to choose a life long partner unless their partner dies. Because of their association with fidelity, prosperity and longevity, the crane motif and these colours are a common symbol in marriages in Japan.  They are often used on the bride's kimono; on announcing their engagement the bride and groom often exchange decorations shaped like cranes; sweet cakes baked in the shape of cranes, and even ice sculptures of cranes are likely to be part of the wedding celebrations. In this context we chose two represent two cranes in the final composition to symbolise family, love and fidelity.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. Happy New year & best wishes to you and your loved ones!  Y.

by Yoso