|The Senbazuru Orikata is a
book of origami designs, woodcuts and
poetry published in Japan in 1797.
Senbazuru means 1000 cranes. Orikata is
an old word that means the same as
The number 1000 in the title
is used symbolically. If you folded all
the designs in the book you would only
have folded about 250 cranes in all. In
Japan, cranes are associated with good
fortune and long life.
style of folding is sometimes called
pictures below show two facing pages from
the Senbazuru Orikata. The page on the
left gives the instructions. The page on
the right shows the result. The title of
the model, 'Tethered Boats', is given by
the characters at the top right of the
right hand page. The other characters on
the same page are a poem.