One thousand cranes…
Origami didn’t have written directions till 1797, when a book was published, " How to Fold 1000 Cranes". The crane or tsuru is the sacred bird of Japan and when completing 1000 origami cranes a person would be granted their heart’s desire.
After the bombing of Hiroshima the crane became a symbol of peace. An infant, Sadako Sasaki survived the bombing at Hiroshima. By the age of 12 she was dying of leukemia. Hearing the legend of the 1000 cranes she started her endeavor and wished for world peace and the end of suffering. Sadako folded 644 cranes and her friends honored her by finishing the rest.
Sadako wrote a haiku that translates into English as:
I shall write peace upon your wings, and you shall fly around the world so that children will no longer have to die this way.