The Japanese word for "Crane" is tsuru 鶴. Crane doesn't always mean the animal in English, see homonyms for other translations.
The word "Crane" katakanized would be kurēn クレーン.
- According to the legends, if you fold one thousand paper cranes, you get a wish granted by a crane.
Homonyms & Similar Words
- A "crane" of the lift weight kind is called a kijuu-ki 起重機 in Japanese, literally rise-weight-machine, or, also, kureen クレーン, the katakanization of the word "crane."
Beware: some kanji that are difficult to handwrite are easy to type on the computer, which may skew the usage statistics.
Wikipedia: Crane_(bird) (鶴)