Origin : Japan
Made of : glass
Classification : creatures / birds
Maker : Hirota Glass Tokyo
About "crane" (tancho tsuru - 丹頂鶴) :
In Japan, cranes represent longevity and good fortune. They are closely associated with Japanese New Year and wedding ceremonies (crane motifs are often found on wedding kimonos).
Cranes are found on a lot of works of art and are one of the most traditional origami figure. Japanese fold a thousand crane origamis when they want to make a special wish. Giant colourful necklaces of origami cranes are a common sight outside Japanese shrines and temples or at the Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial.
Japan has also a special type of black an white crane living especially in Hokaido (north of Japan), the red-crowned crane.
About "origami" (origami - 折り紙) :
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Usually origami figures are made from one piece of square paper with not cuts. The most classical origami is the crane origami.
Today, a new style of origami called 'unit origami' is in fashion. It consists in folding several pieces of paper the same way and combining them like 'bricks' to create a 3D geometrical object.