10 Dec 2010

Japanese Crane

The bookmark with the Japansese Crane from Japan. Sent by Ayumi.

The Japanese Crane, also called the Red-crowned Crane or Manchurian Crane, is a large crane and is the second rarest crane in the world. In East Asia, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. When it matures, the Red-crowned Crane is snow white with a patch of red skin on its head. This patch of skin becomes bright red when the crane becomes angry or excited.

In Japan, this crane is known as the tancho and is said to live for 1000 years. A pair of Red-crowned Cranes were used in the design for the Series D 1000 yen note.

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