Learn the traditional Japanese art of origami paper folding. Discover that beautiful works of art can be made using only Japanese paper, and fold colorfully patterned paper to create plants, animals, events, and more ‐ all without any tools but your hands!
◆ Learn from a nationally licensed instructor how to make 7 different origami pieces
◆ Master beginner origami skills with pieces 1 through 5
◆ Discover intermediate origami techniques with pieces 6 and 7
◆ Try out both traditional and modern origami techniques
In this experience, you will learn how to make the following origami pieces*:
1. A Card Case
2. A Samurai Helmet
3. A Chopstick Rest
4. A Box
5. A Boat
6. A Traditional Crane
7. A Hokusai-style Crane
*Please feel free to ask your instructor if there are any other particular pieces you would like to make.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Many things can be made from a single sheet of origami paper. However, the different patterns and folds needed to make such creations can be hard to master. In this program, our expert English-speaking guide will instruct you how to make some eye-catching origami pieces, starting with the basics, such as the origami card case, and progressing to a more difficult level.
During the program, students will create at least 7 origami pieces, all showcasing different themes and techniques. This includes the "Kabuto" (samurai helmet), which is made in the genuine shape of the helmets worn by a samurai in battle. What’s more, it is created using larger than usual origami sheets, so that you can wear it yourself!
As part of the program, the instructor will teach you both traditional and modern ways of folding origami, as well as introduce you to origami for both fun and practical use. A peaceful yet informative activity, we believe origami is the perfect way to become familiar with Japanese culture.
The origins of origami begin with washi (literally “Japanese paper”), a thick, fibrous material made from paper mulberry. In the past, washi paper was incredibly valuable, and it was used in Shinto rituals for offerings and ceremonies, where it was often folded into intricate shapes. As a result, beautifully patterned washi paper (known as “chiyogami”) became a popular item among Kyoto’s court nobility, and courtiers began folding washi paper for other kinds of celebrations too.
Later, due to the spread of woodblock printing, use and ownership of chiyogami spread to the general public. It was through this new step that origami as we know it was born, and what had begun as a custom for religious ceremonies grew to be a secular activity in which people folded shapes and images for fun.
Nowadays, popular origami patterns are typically common motifs of Japan’s illustrious Edo Period (1603-1868), when origami became popular nationwide. Many new origami designs and techniques have been created also, meaning that hundreds of different creations can be made from a single sheet of paper. The art of origami is even said to express the wisdom and sensitivity of the Japanese people, and folding origami pieces together at home is cherished as something that strengthens family ties.
In modern times, origami also continues to be relevant. Washi paper is used in fashion, and origami techniques are used in a wide range of fields, including in satellites and in the production of artificial blood vessels.
In the event of cancellation, the following fees will apply:
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program: 20% of the program fee
(2) 2 days prior to the program: 50% of the program fee
(3) One day before the program or on the day*: 100% of the program fee
*In the case of a no show, a separate remittance fee will be charged.
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