galleries. Thursday , May 17th , 2018 - 12:35:08 PM
Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, "origami". It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting.
Along with the many traditional origami figures (such as cranes), there are also many new creations invented in modern times. This gallery presents some of the more modern pieces. (To get a look at some traditional pieces, visit the "Let‘s Make Origami!" corner.)
In Japan, at one time origami was taught in schools but today, children are generally taught origami at home. Holidays are celebrated with colorful origami decorations made by the family. On children‘s day (formerly boy‘s day), children make colorful carp: a fish that swims upstream, against the current. This symbolizes strength. During the summer, Tanabata, The Star Festival is celebrated. Live bamboo branches are decorated with origami stars and other paper decorations in a manner which brings to mind a decorated Christmas tree.
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