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What is the tradition and meaning of folding 1001 origami cranes?

The folding of 1001 origami cranes is believed to bring good luck and longevity to couples in their marriage and to celebrants of other special occasions. In Japan, the crane is said to live for a thousand years and when cranes mated, it would be for a lifetime. In Hawaii, we have a tradition of adding in one extra crane for good luck.
I'm not Japanese; isn't this a Japanese tradition?

The tradition of folding the 1001 origami cranes for weddings started in Hawaii so it is actually a local Hawaii tradition and is not limited to only Japanese-Americans but done by all nationalities.
Who does the folding?

Traditionally, the folding of the 1001 origami cranes is completed by the bride to teach her patience and prepare her for married life. However, this has changed over the years and now many brides are assisted with the folding by family and friends and sometimes even by the groom. When the tradition is followed by the bride and she completes the folding herself, it is a great accomplishment.
Once our 1001 origami cranes are folded, what do we do with them?

The current trend is to have your folded 1001 origami cranes mounted and framed in a design to create a unique piece of art. Designs can range from the traditional mon (Japanese family crest) and kanji to non-traditional designs of fish, various animals, scenery or other customized designs. The completed design is then professionally framed, usually in lacquer or koa, to display at your wedding reception and then in your home.
What about a design?

It's About Time has created a selection of its own designs that its customers can choose from. For couples who would like a more “one-of-a-kind” design, it is possible for them to provide us with proper artwork for a custom design (although no copyrighted work will be reproduced unless the customer provides It's About Time with written permission to duplicate the copyrighted artwork from its owner). If you are interested in a custom design, please contact It's About Time at (808) 591-2004 for more information.
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