Over A 1000 Cranes


When you think of paper cranes,you think of Japan. In Japan the crane is a lucky bird, which symbolizes a long, happy life. Their serenity and grace speak to the imagination. The crane is also common in Japanese art, clothing, poetry and origami. An old Japanese legend tells when you fold a thousand origami cranes, your wish will come true.

More than a decade ago, at a convention about Japan and Anime, I learned how to fold a crane. A world opened up for me. Origami is amazing. It gives mindfullness and peace. It gives you something to do when you have to wait, when times are stressful or when you are bored. When I was diagnosed with a heart defect, my goal was to fold a thousand. During the folding I experimented with different paper types, with plastic and even with wool. I wondered how big I could make them and how ity bitty tiny small. At one point I had made so much that I did not have room for them anymore and I started handing them out. I made key rings, earrings, necklaces, bookmarks and soaps.

Meanwhile, many years later, I've already folded way more than a thousand, but it's still fun to do, creating this little lovely creatures. Every crane bird is hand folded, making every crane bird unique. They give me hope and they give me peace. I might be an hopeless romantic but I hope that with my crane birds I can make the world a little bit nicer and more joyful. 

Some legends tell that origami cranes bring luck and eternal success. This makes them beloved and special gifts for people you care about. Take a look around my shop and maybe you will see something beautiful. If you have questions or ideas you can always mail to info @ a1000cranes.nl. 



A 1000 Cranes.

Besides this little webshop, A 1000 Cranes can also be found at anime/japan conferences, hippy markets, fantasy fairs and festivals.


Tomofair Nijmegen 30 september & 1 oktober 2017

Tomofair Amsterdam 6 & 7 januari 2018

Nishicon Almelo 2018 23,24 & 25 februari 2018

Animecon, The Hague 15,16 & 17 juni 2018

Japanse Markt Nijmegen 22 & 23 september 2018

Ibiza Hippie Markt Nijmegen 20 oktober 2018

Moshi Moshi Fair, Sushi & Japan Food Festival 15 & december 2018


Swan Market Antwerpen 10 maart 2019

Elfia Haarzuilens 13 & 14 april 2019

Zeldzaam mooi markt Nijmegen 19 mei 2019

Animecon Rotterdam Ahoy 14,15 & 16  juni 2019

Museum Markt Amsterdam 21 juli 2019


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