Monday, March 22, 2010


Japanese Crane
Also known as the Red-crowned crane or Manchurian Crane, the crane represented luck, longevity and fidelity in East Asia. In Japan, this crane, known as tancho(丹頂, origins in China), is said to live 1000 years. A pair of Red-crowned Cranes were used in the design for the Series D 1000 yen note. In the Ainu language, the Red-crowned Crane is known as sarurun kamui or marsh kamui.
August 6, 2006, marks the sixty-first anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Ten years after the bombing, a young Japanese girl called Sadako Sasaki died from leukemia caused by radiation from the blast. Before she died, however, Sadako folded almost a thousand origami paper cranes.

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