Tsuru is the Japanese word for cranes. In Japan it often symbolizes,good luck, and longevity as it was once believed these birds could live for one thousand years. For me- theyre beautiful birds that couldnt be a better match for Japan. This piece has been inspired in its colour and theme by the bright kimonos and obis they are often depicted on. This mask has been hand tooled, filigreed,painted, as well as gilded with 23k gold on the sun, beak, and legs so they flash in the light.