“The Paper Crane” is part of the Emmy Award-winning Reading Rainbow Series Hosted by LeVar Burton. Japanese customs such as the art of origami and Japanese dances are featured in the 30-minute DVD. The DVD tells the story of a generous restaurant owner receives a beautiful, magical gift from a stranger - a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances. Other features:
Meet Yoko Gates - Musician Yoko Gated explains and plays the Koto, a stringed instrument. Later, artist Mitsry Yafufuchi fashions animals out of vegetables.
Origami and Paper Making - An origami demonstration features animals and birds. Then, Linda Forgach, a paper specialist, makes paper out of blue jeans.
Let's Drum! - LeVar joins Soh Daiko, an energetic and colorful group of Japanese drummers, as they perform the celebratory "festival of the drums."