Heba Maher
Heba Maher asked:

isn`t this based on the Japanese Folklore myth of Tsuru no ongaeshi (crane's return of a favor)? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuru_no_Ongaeshi

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Elizabeth Crooks Yes, it is inspired by the Japanese folk tale as well as The Decemberists' use of the folktale in their music.
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