“Think back and ask yourself: was the way all that difficult? Was it only difficult? Wasn’t it beautiful too? Can you think of a more beautiful and easier way?”
Demian – Hermann Hesse
In origami, la forma base della gru, o tsuru, viene usata come partenza per la realizzazione di molte figure (clicca qui per sapere come realizzarla). Appese sul soffitto come distrazione per i bambini, le gru rappresentavano vere e proprie offerte ai templi ed altari. Realizzata per augurare ogni bene agli ammalati ed a chi deve affrontare una dura prova, la gru la si può piegare per se stessi, per gli altrio per offrirla agli dei, nella speranza di veder esaudite le proprie preghiere in questo caso, occorre piegarne mille e legarle insieme, per poi portarle al tempio della divinità cui si è chiesto aiuto. Narra un’antica leggenda giapponese che la gru possa vivere 1000 anni: regalare una gru significa quindi augurare 1000 anni di vita. Un’offerta di mille gru rafforza ulteriormente il concetto. Piegare le mille gru è segno di un sincero interesse per il destinatario, perchè occorre bravura, tempo e dedizione per piegarle tutte. Regalare mille gru ancora oggi significa: "ho pensato a te per tutto questo tempo, sei importante".
Nel 1600 venne ideata in Giappone una tecnica di piegatura che permetteva di ottenere da un unico foglio un numero elevato di gru, tutte unite tra di loro per il becco, le ali o la coda.
The Crane – Symbol of Honor and Loyalty
One of the first books published on Origami was "How to Fold 1,000 Cranes", released in the late 1700s. It is no coincidence that the crane was chosen as the subject for the book. For thousands of years the Japanese culture has treasured the crane as a symbol of honor and loyalty. The crane symbol is used on many Japanese heraldic devices and is a theme in many famous works of art.
The crane is a majestic bird which mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner. The bird is strong, graceful and beautiful. Because of the great importance of the crane, the Japanese people feel that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish.
Meaning of Color in Origami Cranes
Origami cranes have been a traditional gift of friendship and love for thousands of years. Over those years, certain colors have come to carry certain meanings. Here are the emotions and feelings that each color represents. Note that you can also choose colors that have special significance to you personally – your favorite color, your birthmonth color, even your family colors.
Red – Red is the traditional color for roses and Valentine’s Day. Red represents strong love, passion and desire.
Dark Crimson – Dark crimson stands for inner beauty and inner strength. It represents soul mates – a connection without words.
Pink – Pink represents happiness, tenderness, best friends and sweethearts. Pink is the fresh blush on a maiden’s cheeks.
Orange – Orange is a rich color of enthusiasm and energy. Orange is the lush autumn foliage and the warmth of a fire.
Yellow – Yellow stands for freedom and joy, for creativity. Yellow is the bright welcome of sunshine.
Green – Green is the color of harmony, healing and finding balance. It is the color of luck and wealth. It is of course the modern color for St. Patrick’s Day! It is the color of grassy meadows and lush forests.
Blue – Blue represents honor, faith and spirituality. It represents a bond of the spirit. In traditional celtic times, blue was the color of Ireland. It is the color of the sea and of the open sky.
Purple – Purple is the traditional color of nobility and courtly love. This is the color of knights and maidens, of princes and princesses. Amethyst is the stone for birthdays and anniversaries in February.
White – White represents the hope for the future, a fresh start, innocence and purity. White has been the traditional color for brides since the Victorian era. In many cultures white represents a joyous eternity.
White and Red – A combination of red and white represent unity, of two people who care for each other standing together.
Silver – Silver stands for elegance. Silver is the traditional color for the 25th anniversary.
Gold – Gold represents a love and loyalty which is eternal. Wedding bands are made from gold, and a high compliment is to say someone has "a heart of gold". Gold is the traditional color for the 50th anniversary.
Ivory – Ivory stands for luxury and tradition. It represents a quiet, steady, warm caring.
Brown and Beige – Brown and beige colors represent grounding, being down to earth and dependable. This is the trust and loyalty of a true friend.
Tea – Tea is a light brown color representing remembrance and fond memories.
Black – Black is a classic formal color, the color of black tie dinners and tuxedos. It is the color of strength.
Feng Shui Color in Origami Cranes
Feng Shui is an ancient practice of color, object and location. Much of it has been developed over thousands of years, based on experience in common sense. For example, many feng shui entries discuss the placement of mirrors and windows. These are based on issues of safety and comfort – you wouldn’t want a window right by a bed, where you could roll out or a thief could come in! Other experience with color has been bourne out by scientific studies – that humans innately equate some colors with certain emotions.
Remember, your own experiences with color may vary from these. If you grew up in a pink room, pink may bring happy emotions of comfort and love. But here are the standard Feng Shui meanings of the colors.
As you can see at Chinese New Year, red is the color of great luck and fortune. It brings money, success and protection from harm. In movies, it is the Lady in the Red Dress who gets the suitors.
Orange is the color of the shining sun, and it brings creativity. If you’re an artist or someone in need of organization in your life, orange is the color to bring in.
Yellow stands for sunbeams and cheer. It brings friendship, caring and comfort. Many studies have shown that cheerfulness can help bring better health and longer life.
Green is the color of nature, of growing shoots and flowers. It is the color of health, balance, and growth.
Blue is found in the sky and sea, in the fast expanses of nature. This is the color of relaxation, of stress relief, of wisdom and patience.
In medieval days, purple was the color of kings and queens, of princes and princesses. Treat yourself like royalty and bring elegance and calm into your world.
Brown is the color of earth, of root vegetables. It is the color of stability, of home, of house, and of stability in business and enterprise.
You might think that black is a negative color, but actually it is an extremely strong color, like the black in obsidian and other strong stones. It is the color of career success, financial success and power. It also brings emotional security.
Sadako latched on to the legend of the crane, and the tradition that if she folded 1,000 cranes she would be granted her dearest wish. Her wish was for world peace. As she lay in her hospital bed she folded crane after crane, hoping her wish would come true. Unfortunately, the leukemia was too much for her young body and at age 12 she died. Her classmates folded the remaining cranes, and she was buried with her full 1,000 cranes.
If you are wishing goodbye to a loved one, or hoping for a happy ending to a project, those thousand cranes might be a way to commemerate the attempt.