Paper Cranes

In junior high, I remember folding cranes in class when I was bored, and I would usually leave them on the teacher's desk when I left. In high school, my best friend and I would sometimes leave a folded dollar as part of our tip when we went out to eat. I get a sense of satisfaction and joy when I make something just by folding a piece of paper. And by giving the cranes away, I guess I feel like I am sharing something special.

The origami crane has long been a Japanese symbol of long life and peace. You can get everything you need to learn about origami and start folding your own creations right here.

You can also see how to videos from JANM's own Education Department at

For more origami cranes in the JANM store.


Randy Imoto
Randy Imoto