The Japanese Crane (also known as the Red-Crowned Crane or Tanchou/タンチョウ) is a rare bird that symbolizes long life and good luck.
It is said that if one folds 1,000 paper cranes, they will be granted one wish (such as overcoming illness). A thousand paper cranes can also be given for good luck. Below is me and Takeshi Honda (men’s figure skating) standing in front of 1,000 paper cranes that had been sent to the Japanese Olympic athletes from Japan for good luck.
If you want to fold your own paper cranes, click HERE for great instructions from Origami Club.
Here is a video of つるのおんがえし：