One of my favorite activities in Kyoto is to unwind at one of the many tea shops that dot its cobblestone roads, often with a perfect view of the creeks and rivers flowing through the city. On a recent trip to the timeless city, I noticed recently an elegant heron basking in the sun, and pointed it out to my friend and cultural guide Nami Onodera.

I mistakenly called the heron a crane, and Nami corrected me.  How silly I was to mistake the heron for the crane.  Cranes, in fact, are a beloved symbol in Japan. They represent longevity and are known to mate for life.

Nami then shared with me of an oft-told story that occurred in Japan a few decades ago: a male crane was injured and then housed at a care facility until his wing could recover. During the male crane’s stay, his faithful partner circled above the building, crying for her mate, until finally the cold forced her to migrate for the season. As the winter passed, she returned and resumed her post until the male was released and the two were united. A tale of everlasting love for the ages.

As wedding season fills the air, I find myself remembering that beautiful story often. Cranes are a common sight at Japanese weddings, embroidered into clothing or afloat in paper form, a symbol of life-long love and affection. It is for this reason that the crane adorns the tag of our TATCHA Bridal Set, a symbol of our wish for you for everlasting love and a joyful wedding season.

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy the dance floor :)

- Vicky

Discover our bridal gift set wrapped in a one-of-a-kind Kimono-silk bag

Victoria Tsai
Chief Treasure Hunter

published June 2013

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