Saturday, January 10, 2015
Cranes: Long Life, Good Fortune and Peace
The crane symbolizes long life and good fortune in many Asian cultures. My friend from Hawaii explains the crane motif is often seen at weddings, as cranes are known for monogamous matings and share the responsibilities of raising offspring.
Have you heard the touching story of Sadako Sasaki? She was three when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, where she lived. When she was 12 she developed leukemia (attributed to the radiation exposure from the bomb). She took on the challenge of folding origami cranes, in the hopes of folding 1,000. Stories differ regarding whether she met this goal before her death, but what is certain is that her story has become a mission of awareness and peace.
My lovely friend saw these beautiful crane "tennis plate" sets at an estate sale and gifted them to me. I love them! From the soft blue to the hand painted birds to the gold rim, they are exquisite.
Wishing you long life, good fortune and peace!