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Holiday Paper Crane Ornament Tutorial

In Japan, the crane or tsuru is an important symbol of happiness, longevity and good luck as it was thought that cranes would live for a thousand years. According to the Senbazuru legend, those who fold a lei of 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. This legend was popularized by a young girl named Sasaki Sadako who survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 only to contract leukemia a few years later. She began folding paper cranes in the hope of being granted the wish of health upon completing 1,000. Sadly, she did not succeed in her wish, but her story inspires many to accept the challenge each year and donate the leis to shrines throughout Japan, most notably the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. 

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