Origami, the Art of Transforming Paper into a Masterpiece

  • CULTURE
  • Origami (折り紙) is the art of paper folding. The word is derived from Ori meaning “folding”, and Kami meaning “paper.” It is one of the things that Japan is famous for — the art of transforming a piece of paper into something beautiful, by just folding it.

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    Origami is very popular in Japan since it is a big part of their culture. At a very young age, students in their schools are already taught how to make origami. It is a part of practice for them to become creative and resourceful. Also, it draws them closer to the Japanese culture.

    Some consider origami as their pastime or hobby. It is their way of calming their minds. Today, origami is taken to a whole new level.

    This is an example of a step-by-step instruction on how to make an origami.

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    The picture above shows the famous “Thousand Origami Cranes”. It is, from the title itself, a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. It is from an ancient Japanese legend that anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted one wish by a crane. Some people say that the thousand cranes must be completed within a year, and they must all be made by the person who will be making a wish. Some stories believe that you can even be granted eternal good luck. The crane is one of the mystical creatures in Japan and is said to live for a thousand years.

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    Other Japanese people use origami to decorate their rooms, adding more color to it.

    People who are already too good in making origami are able to make something as beautiful as this. This type of origami, called the Modular Origami, or commonly known as 3D Origami, consists of putting a number of identical pieces together to form a complete model.