In Kuwana, cranes are legendary birds - prevalent in folklore that has been handed down for generations.
In the Edo era, the head priest of Choenji temple, Gido (also known as Roko-an), devised a method by which a chain of up to ninety-seven paper cranes could be made from only a single piece of paper.
Each crane is the same and is folded in exactly the same way, but the possibilities are endless, and the final result is a unique, intricate three-dimensional structure of overlapping birds.
Finally, a hole is made through the overlapping parts, through which a string is then passed so that the finished chain can be hung.
Address: Origami Experience: Rokkaen (Kuwana-shi, Ooaza, Kuwana 663-5).
By car: About a 15 minute drive from the Kuwana Interchange (Toumeihan highway)
By train: Approx. 20 minute journey from JR Kintetsu Nagoya station to JR Kintetsu Kuwana station. From the station it’s then about a 30 minute walk.
Contact: Kuwana Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Division