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Hiro is shocked to receive an origami crane from Charlie.

First reference: The Crane
"Origami" on Wikipedia

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Legend has it that if a person folds 1,000 paper cranes, they are granted a wish. Hiro Nakamura appears skilled in the practice of origami.


Graphic Novel:The Crane

As a tribute to his deceased grandfather, Hiro folds a paper crane out of Issue #1 of his valuable Superman comic book. When he arrives at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, he finds that the location is covered with paper cranes, as is customary at the monument.

Six Months Ago

Hiro Nakamura is trying to find a way to convince Charlie Andrews that he has traveled back in time to see her. First, he brings a newspaper to the diner and shows Charlie Japanese baseball results, where the "Swallows slay the Dragons". Hiro attempts to explain the Japanese tradition of origami and Charlie responds she read about it. She comments that if someone folds a thousand cranes that they'll be granted one wish. Hiro concentrates, and in an instant, Charlie is surrounded by hundreds of paper cranes hanging from the ceiling.

Graphic Novel:Walls, Part 1

Future Hiro sets a trail of origami cranes outside the Moab Federal Penitentiary. He tells the prisoners inside to follow the trail over the hill to safety.

Graphic Novel:Walls, Part 2

Later in the night, after having freed the prisoners, Future Hiro collects his origami cranes so that he can find his way and leave no trace.

Once Upon a Time in Texas

Charlie gives Hiro a piece of origami paper, saying she was going to make a thousand cranes.

Brave New World

Charlie, hearing that Hiro might be in the same hospital as her, sends Hiro a note and an origami crane.

Brave New World

Ren Shimosawa goes to Miko Otomo's apartment and sees a shelf lined with origami cranes. When he sees Miko, she is busy folding an origami design, surrounded by others she has made. Later, when Miko goes into her father's study, she sees more origami cranes on his desk.

Under the Mask

While held captive at Yamagato Tower, Miko Otomo sits on a table and serenely makes the last folds of an origami creation.

June 13th, Part Two

Origami cranes are already on the desk of Hachiro's study when he pulls Katana Girl from Evernow into the physical world.

Heroes Evolutions

Saving Charlie

  • Hiro idly folds a paper airplane out of a left behind lunch receipt. Later, he has an idea and asks Charlie if she knows about the ancient Japanese tradition of paper folding called origami. He explains that in Shinto, cranes were considered sacred birds, and an origami crane was a sign of good luck. Charlie recalls that if a person folds a thousand cranes, they'll be granted one wish. Hiro stops time and folds 999 cranes. When time starts again, Charlie is amazed and touches the birds. Hiro tells her that one of the thousand is missing, and that Charlie will have to make it because the wish is for her. Hiro puts his hands on hers and guides her though the folds. She finishes the final creases on her own, and makes a wish. (Chapter 20)


  • There appear to be both origami cranes and other origami creations on display in Miko Otomo's apartment in Brave New World (Heroes Reborn). The cranes shown in Miko's apartment are of similar design to those shown at the Burnt Toast Diner in Six Months Ago, while other origami creations in Miko's apartment shown have additional folds, especially in the wings, and are generally larger than the cranes in her apartment.


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