The crane is a migratory bird that usually has white feathers, a black tail, and a red crown on its head. The animal, which served as inspiration for the Tsuru (the crane origami), symbolizes longevity, fidelity, prosperity, fortune, happiness, wisdom, and immortality. In Japan it is considered the bird of happiness, while in China they call it the heavenly bird.

In Japan, the bird is a symbol of longevity, since it has a very high life expectancy. For this reason it is common for elderly people to receive paintings of cranes as gifts.

China relates the bird's white color to purity and its red crown to vitality. It is considered a messenger of the heavenly world and symbolizes wisdom.

Tsuru, the origami of the crane, carries the symbolism of the bird, which represents longevity and good luck. The origin of origami, the art of folding paper, is uncertain, but very present in the cultures of Japan and China. According to a belief in Japan, if a person folds a thousand tsurus, his or her wish will come true.

Because it is a monogamous bird, that is, it keeps the same partner throughout its entire life, it is a symbol of fidelity, and for this reason it is common in oriental weddings for the bride and groom to be presented with a thousand tsurus, as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Initially, the Tsuru had only a decorative function, but with time it became associated with prayers, being offered in temples, accompanied by requests for protection.

Meaning of Japanese Crane or Tsuru Tattoo:

  • Longevity
  • Prosperity
  • Fortune
  • Happiness
  • Wisdom
  • Immortality
  • Celestial
  • Purity
  • Vitality
  • Good luck
  • Loyalty
  • Protection

See some images of Japanese Crane or Tsuru tattoos :

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