In Japan, the crane has remained a holy creature and a symbol of healing since approximately 6th century A.D (other symbolic creatures include dragons and the tortoise). The crane has made a large presence in Japanese art, particularly in origami, due to its historic symbolism of health, good fortune, and longevity. Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes, otherwise known as "orizuru", will be granted a wish by a crane.
Jax, an eight year old 3rd grader from New York, is an origami enthusiast! He became interested in origami at the beginning of the pandemic and has taught himself this ancient art form by watching videos and reading origami books.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jax demonstrates how to make an origami crane in this video!
To see more of Jax's origami creations and tutorials, see his Instagram: @origamiandme
For more information about cranes throughout Japanese history and culture, click HERE.