About the Peace Crane
This animation shows how to fold a square of paper into a peace crane
(a bird). The crane is a bird with a long neck and tail feathers.
It makes a great table decoration or gift. Good quality wrapping paper
can also be used to make the model. Origami is called the peaceful
art and this model is usually called the peace crane.
people recognise it as an international symbol for peace. Sadako,
a young girl in Japan who initially survived the atom bomb blast tried
to make 1,000 origami cranes and her story has inspired many who hope
for greater peace.
Often, friends and well wishers make 1,000 peace cranes and string
them together to give to a person as a gesture of peace, good wishes
and sometimes for healing.
'Origami' and 'Paper-Folding' in Other Languages
is a transliterated word - that means it is spelt in English literally
as it is in Japanese. The word 'origami' is also the same in almost
all other languages with only a few that spell it a little differently
[origamii (Armenian), aryhami (Belarusian), Zhézhi (Chinese), jong-i
jeobgi (Korean) and oryhami (Ukrainian)].
So if you want an origami book or origami paper in another country,
it's best to say 'origami', rather than 'paper folding'.
The animations page links to animations of dwarf musician models created
by Eric Joisel, koi created by Robert J. Lang, and how to animate
a horse by Dave Brill. Other animations include 'Seaworld' -- an interactive
animation with a shark, angel fish, sea turtle and sea horses. The
games page contains links to unique origami themed games: rocket launcher,
a snap game, a space invaders game and a tennis game. The 'Photos'
link shows links to photos of original origami models created by Derek
Stancombe and include an angel fish, retreiver dog, penguin, snail,
kangaroo, triceratops, monkey and pteranadon (or pteradactyl).