When I walked past this science lab room after school yesterday, I saw a riot of color on the tables. Wondering what experiment they were doing, I wandered in. Too my surprise, the colorful bits turned out to be exquisite Japanese washi papers folded into (thousands of!) tiny cranes. One of the science teachers just lost his daughter, and I learned that before she died, she folded all of these cranes. !!! I don't know why she did. I do know of a belief that they have here associated with folding a 1,000 paper cranes for luck. Her father didn't want all of the cranes to go to waste, so he brought them to school to give to the students.