Paper cranes are the most popular form of origami, and have transformed the meaning behind these little works of art. The crane has always been a strong symbol of success and good fortune in Japanese culture, and when folded into origami, it is believed that your heart's desire will come true. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the origami crane also became a symbol of peace and nonviolence. This fountain pen was created by a collaboration of maki-e artists (Kokkokai) in Japan and it features the Hira Maki-e technique (flat maki-e); where the lacquered main design is decorated with sprinkled gold and silver powders. Several additional layers of lacquer are then applied. After the lacquer is hardened, it is then burnished.