Swallowing Serenade

 

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Their songs were sung without a care
for those who slumbered soundly there.
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This morning, I was happy to be awoken by the cheerful songs of some little barn swallows.
Kofu, Japan 
July, 15th, 2017

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One Thousand Hopes

Crane Collage

Please burn us when dark evenings yawn.
and joyful days will surely dawn.


I recently finished folding one thousand origami cranes (known in Japan as Senbazuru) as a gift for a friend who is expecting her first child.  This was my first time completing such a project.  When I began the folding, my cranes looked a bit bedraggled, but after making 150 of them, I began to develop a technique.

There is a Japanese legend that says a wish will be granted to anyone who folds a thousand cranes.  It is common for people to present them as gifts to family and cherished friends.