One of the most recognized origami designs is the Japanese Crane or Orizuru. The crane is a mystical creature in Japanese culture and it is believed to live for 1,000 years. As a result, the crane represents good fortune & longevity. It is believed that anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will have their wishes come true. Thus 1,000 cranes (Senbazuru in Japanese) has become a symbol of hope and healing in times of struggle. The cranes are usually strung together as 40 cranes on 25 strings and presented as gifts. It is a way for loved ones to show support for someone who may be facing hardship.