Crane - (Japanese Symbolism) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Crane - (Japanese Symbolism) The Crane is a symbol of Longevity and Happiness in Japan. The Japanese Crane was more familiar to Japanese people and used to be seen in many places in Japan. Their number, however, decreased in the Meiji Era because of over hunting and environmental changes, and they were thought in the late 19th century to be almost extinct. About ten cranes were discovered surviving in the depths of the Kushiro-Shitsugen, 70 years ago. Items decorated with 10 cranes depict the discovery of the 10 surviving cranes and are considered very lucky.

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