Origami: The Japanese Tradition of Paper Folding

Origami is the Japanese ancient art of paper folding, an art form spanning over 1,000 years. It is not only a folk art but also a creative art, a mathematical puzzle, and a game. Although origami first emerged in Japan during ancient times, it is now practiced around the world.

It was first practiced in the Japanese Imperial Court as an amusing and elegant way of passing the time, then taken up with enthusiasm by ordinary people and made into the folk art that it is today. Originally considered an activity for children, origami now attracts the interest of many kinds of people and has become immensely popular all over the world. It is an art form that can be practiced by preschoolers to senior citizens, those who are hospitalized, handicapped, or even blind.

Origami requires no materials other than the paper itself. The only technique to create the desired result is paper folding, no cutting, gluing, or drawing on the paper. Although not any special skills or talent is needed for origami, patience, and perseverance are very helpful. Folding sequences can be anything from simple to extremely complex, but folding successfully gives you a great sense of delight, achievement, and satisfaction. Experimenting with different folds may lead to a totally new, original paper-fold. More talented origami enthusiasts also have the skills to create original works built upon the basics of the traditional designs. The hundred traditional folds in the beginning have grown to over tens of thousands now, and the number of folds still continues to increase.

Origami has been appreciated not only as a fun hobby but also as a traditional art in Japan, and new folding techniques are continuously created. Today, origami is used for many purposes and has become the most popular of all creative paper crafts all over the world.

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