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Why We Are Sending You an Origami Crane

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The origami crane is an art form that the Japanese have cherished for centuries. It says “I care about you.”
To express our appreciation for your support, we are including an origami crane with each order.

Centuries ago, when the paper manufacturing process was introduced to Japan from China, the Japanese added rice processing techniques to make a thick rice paper (washi). As people started using washi for wrapping special foods or offerings, they noticed that the wrapping looked more beautiful when it was folded into
different shapes.

The origami crane requires 17 folds with many careful details to shows how much the folder cares about you. The crane became an international symbol of peace when Sadako, a Japanese girl who developed leukemia from the Hiroshima bombing in 1945, kept making cranes for family and friends as a symbol of healing and hope. Sadako’s story became a beloved global phenomenon through American author Eleanor Coerr’s  book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Our cranes are folded by the people affected by the 2011 earthquake in Japan, as our way of contributing to their future. Please remember that “Mirai” means “future” in Japanese.

Please re-gift the crane as a show of your affection, enclose it with a gift or card, enjoy it as a table accessory, or collect enough to create a mobile!

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