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Motif Information
Motif orizuru.jpg
Rōmaji Orizuru, Oridzuru, Oriduru
English Folded Paper Crane
Kanji 折鶴
Kana おりづる
Season All-Season
Seasonal Exceptions -
Auspicious Template:Auspicious
Motif Type Man-Made Motif

Orizuru (also oriduru, oridzuru, oritsuru, orituru) are origami cranes.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Like most item motifs, orizuru are all-seasonal.

Common Motif Pairings

Often paired with other "child-like" motifs such as toys, or dolls.

Auspicious Nature

Orizuru in the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima. Copyright James..g

Paper cranes are often viewed as symbols of good luck and hope, and in Japan there is a tradition known as Senbazuru (千羽鶴), or A Thousand Paper Cranes. The belief is that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will have a wish granted to them. They are often made to encourage long and happy weddings, or given to people suffering from illnesses and hoping for a cure. [1]. This tradition was etched into the world's collective consciousness after the devastating Sendai Earthquake of 2011, as many people banded together to build senbazuru to show support and raise awareness and money for survivors in Japan.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

In Poetry

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions


  1. Thousand origami cranes on Wikipedia

Image Credits

Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Diane Quintal (Moonblossom (IG Username))

Contributors: n/a