Origami originated in China as Zhe Zhi, in the first or second century AD, and it reached Japan in the sixth century. Over the next few hundred years, origami became familiar in many aspects of Japanese culture. By the Heian period of Japanese history, origami was a significant aspect of Japanese ceremony. Samurai warriors would exchange gifts adorned with noshi, a sort of good luck token made of folded strips of paper. Origami butterflies were used during the celebration of Shinto weddings to represent the bride and groom. In the 1960’s the art of origami began to spread out, first with modular origami and then with various movements developing, including the kirikomi.

One of the better-known origami figures is a crane. To fold thousands origami cranes, and attach them together with a thread called Senbazuru.

crane

16 Responses to “Origami”

  1. brucethomasw

    When I was a teenager I folded many of these paper cranes and hung them to make mobiles which I gave as gifts. When youngsters come to visit, I like shwo them how to fold them. I call them peace cranes. A great memory.

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  2. warholitos

    I remember in school, teachers tried to teach us origami but the technics weren´t really the correct ones…it seemed that not even them knew exactly what they were doing, total failure, ¿can you recomend websites that teach kids how to make origami?

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  3. Bethany Tucker

    My husband and I folded origami cranes and used them in our wedding. We had large ones, about 14 inches tall lining the aisle to the altar and small ones as part of the center pieces for the reception. We both live in Japan, but traveled back to the states for our wedding, so it was a beautiful way to share our home away from home with friends and family. And we’ll always remember the customer service people in the paper store in Japan who helped us find paper that BIG, as well as a a kind Japanese lady who randomly spend almost twenty minutes teaching us the proper way to fold them, right there in the middle of the store.

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  4. Sapna

    Brought back my childhood memories of folding paper together with my mom to make beautiful paper birds…. Nice Bolg..!!

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  5. camariano43

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  6. sb2711

    I am soon going to try my hand on origami, specifically these beautiful cranes. really loved the post and the pic!

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