Graceful and precise, the crane prefers to keep its distance and strike from afar. Popular among weapons fighters.
It is one of the symbols of longevity and is often represented with other symbols of long life, such as pine, bamboo, and the tortoise.
Rumor has it there was a special crane in the Roof of the World, who would answer the most difficult of life’s questions. Little is known of what became of this magical creature. Some legends state that it lives in an old pagoda, high upon a snowy mountain. Some legends say it grew old and died at peace with nature. According to the most believed legend the crane was reincarnated as an origami replica of himself, still offering out sagely advice to all that seek it. It is said that the crane has many friends with him including a gorilla, turtle, fox and bear.