There is an ancient Japanese belief that who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. The number originates from the belief that the crane is a mystical creature which lives for a thousand years, so to get your wish granted you have to fold one crane for every year and you have to complete this task in one year.
It's not that rare that a thousand cranes are given to people who are seriously ill to express the wish for their recovery. They are usually folded as a team effort by family members, friends or colleagues.
Cranes are also considered as a symbol of peace and the endless rows of cranes held together at the memorial sites in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will leave a lasting impression on you.
It’s a modern time custom that endless classes, groups and organizations are folding cranes and sending them to those two cities. A custom that was popularized by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who was exposed to radiation as an infant in Hiroshima and died of leukemia at the age of twelve. Wishing for her recovery she folded 644 cranes before she perished, but her classmates completed the task for her after she died.
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