SENBAZURU, 1000 PAPER CRANES LEGEND Senbazuru is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true.
/ / . Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese art of burning Sugi, or Japanese Cypress, for exterior siding. This textured charcoal finish is accomplished by burning for 7 minutes, extinguishing in cold water, scrubbing with wire brushes, drying, then rubbing with natural oils to coat and preserve the finish. This technique is said to protect the siding from weather, pests and rot for 80 years.
This netsuke shows a fox wearing a dress and a cloak. According to ancient Japanese beliefs, the fox is a magical creature (Kitsune) that is able to transform itself into human form. Bequeathed by Miss Edith Taylor in 1959. #netsuke