Saturday, 20 October 2012

Japan-Manchurian (Red-crowned) crane

SG 866 Japan definitive stamp  issued 1961. Cancelled at Kobe Port

The Manchurian crane is also known as the Red Crowned crane and called tancho by the Japanese. This tall bird has a conspicuous presence in Japanese art and  culture  and reputed in folklore to live 1000 years  therefore being a symbol of longevity. Their reputation for fidelity makes them a popular symbol in wedding ceremonies.