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.”
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.
2) Fold the paper in half as shown in the photo. (crease from left to right)
3) Open and fold again into other half. (crease from top to bottom) Continue Reading →