Thousand Cranes (An Origami Tutorial)

 

Crane Origami

What Is It All About?

Origami is a Japanese art of folding paper turning them into different shapes and figures. (Ori – to fold and Kami – paper.) It is popular among Asian culture.

Paper Folding Experience

We had a taste of Japanese culture during our visit to Nikka Yuko Japanese garden. We learned how to do a crane origami from scratch.(I’ll do a separate blog post and review for that unforgettable trip!) Before we start with our mini tutorial, I would just like to share some research I had found with regards of 1000 Cranes. According to ancient Chinese legends, cranes were thought to be “well-behaved like gentlemen, incorruptible and naturally clean and honest.”

History:

It all began with a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who attempted to make 1000 paper folded cranes while she was taking her time in the hospital because of leukemia. She attempted to finish them praying for world peace. It is a well known legend that whoever finishes 1000 origami cranes will be granted one wish. (1000cranes.com)

Step By Step Tutorial

Origami Crane making is fun and easy! You can use these as a decoration or as a hobby. Let me share you what I have learned from our Nikka Yuko trip.

1) Get a square sheet paper. (I recommend coclorful paper cardstocks. I bought mine from Michael’s. You can buy them for $10-$15.

Origami Crane

2) Fold the paper in half as shown in the photo. (crease from left to right)

 

Origami Crane

3) Open and fold again into other half. (crease from top to bottom)  Continue Reading →

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Greens and Blues (My Emerald Lake Experience/Review!)

I almost ran out of words to describe this stunning place. Emerald lake is an amazing place to visit. It’s jaw dropping scenery makes me want to stay for couple of days. Good thing is that there are lodges nearby the lake for you to rent. RV camping is recommended as well. Everything is accessible! Washrooms, stores, restaurants, food on sites and even outdoor tables for picnic, they all have it.

Travel time depends from where you came from. Coming from Alberta, it would take you 2 to 3 hour long drive. We reached our destination early in the morning (8am approx ).  We left 5am in the morning just to avoid traffic.

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Capturing the sunrise during our trip has already made my day.
sunrise

Upon arrival, parking lot are still almost empty so I really recommend going early. Most vehicles are RVs, big trucks and later on, we noticed buses containing tourists roaming around the area. It’s almost the same scene we had during our Lake Louise trip. (click here for our Lake Louise trip!)

We went straight to the washroom stalls. After that, a mini bridge designed with hanging flowers on the side welcomed us.

Emerald Lake  Continue Reading →

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