Paper Cranes [30/07/09]

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    Art by: Nanami Cowdroy
    Tattoo by: Rian (Cold Steel America)

    Tsuru: The Japanese Crane

    Throughout history, birds have been viewed as animals of special value and have been endowed with meanings often drawn from legends and stories that have endured over many generations.

    For the Japanese, the crane—or tsuru—is considered a national treasure, appearing in art, literature, and folklore. The Japanese regard the crane as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life. Over time, the crane has also evolved as a favorite subject of the Japanese tradition of paper folding—origami—as children and adults attempt to master this art.

    Shortly after the end of World War II, the folded origami cranes came to symbolize a hope for peace through Sadako Sasaki and her unforgettable story of perseverance. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation after the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako became determined to reach a goal of folding 1,000 cranes in hopes of being rewarded with health, happiness, and a world of eternal peace. Although she died before reaching her goal, the tradition of sending origami cranes to the Hiroshima memorial has endured as a symbol of the Japan’s ongoing wish for nuclear disarmament and world peace.

    [Sugar Rush Creations], djokibi, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. djokibi 105 months ago | reply

      Looking good!

    2. h3ather 105 months ago | reply

      That looks awesome! I love art by Nanami Cowdroy. Her work is usually amazing.

    3. KayVee.INC 105 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Nanami is fantastic ^_^

    4. beketchai 105 months ago | reply

      Sweet, Kay! I ♥ this tat! (Looks like it hurt though!)

      I mean, it looks like it really hurts! lol.

      Sadako's story is really sad. I remember visiting her memorial in Hiroshima as a kid and seeing all the paper cranes hanging underneath her monument. It's a really beautiful and moving monument. A lot of schools would make 1000 paper cranes and hang them underneath her statue so that it would looks like there were millions of them. It's awesome.

    5. Lindsaymp 94 months ago | reply

      I've wanted to have this done going up my ankle/shin forever but wasn't sure how it would look....yours turned out fantastic!!

    6. costinmoraru 86 months ago | reply

      Hello, could you send me a clear picture with that tattoo? Please!

    7. costinmoraru 86 months ago | reply

      i what to ink something like that, not paper cranes, but i want to use that writing ink effect.

    8. costinmoraru 86 months ago | reply

      It's ok. Thanks.

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