Haneda cranes


A few cranes are taking off spreading their wings while others are standing on the runaways. Japan Air Lines aircrafts with the red crane logo proudly painted on the fin beautifully matches Hiroshige’s depiction. The Haneda Airport Observation Deck allow aviation enthusiasts to hear the roar of the jet engines as they arrive and depart the runway, letting also enjoying views of Mt Fuji on a good day.


In Japanese culture, the crane is viewed as a symbol of long life, prosperity and good health, and red is the color of happiness. It mates for life (loyalty), and flies high for miles without tiring (strength). The crane logo, firstly introduced in 1959 was dismissed in 2002 and then readopted with few minor adjustments in 2011 by the Japanese air carrier.