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Folding a Japanese Crane with Origami Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Culture

Have you tried Japanese Origami (折り紙、おりがみ)? Origami is a traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD. Since then, it has been adapted as a modern art. Origami is very popular in Japan.  Many of the toddlers start folding Origami papers and start making simple art objects with it. There are some basic folding process involved in folding Origami, but it is pretty easy to master them once you get used to it.Below is the Origami workshop you can go through from simple art to a bit more complicated one.

Folding a cup(カップ)

Folding a Helmet(兜、かぶと)

Folding a frog(カエル)


This one is a lot of fun! This origami frog jumps! Kids like racing using Origami frogs.

Folding a Ninja Star(手裏剣、しゅりけん)

You will need two sheets of paper to complete this Ninja Star.

Folding a Crane(鶴、つる)

Here you go. This is the famous Crane!

Folding a Flapping Crane(鶴、つる)

If you would like to be creative, you can try making Pikachu(ピカチュウ)with Origami.

Folding a Pikachu(ピカチュウ)

If you would like to try more projects, try the following web site, Origami Club.On this site, you can find tons of projects from easy to complicated. They are also organized by month, events, and category. They also have animated videos for most of the projects so you can follow step by step.

Try this link below. This page is all about Easter! You will be surprised how many variations of bunnies you can make with Origami.

Happy Easter Origami

My favorite one is this Bunny.










Click the picture, you will see the instruction video.This Easter, try one of these Origami projects!

For those who would like to go further into Origami folding,there is more complex Origami folding called “Modular Origami”. Modular Origami requires more than two sheets of paper, attaching them to create more complex, 3D objects.  The popular one is called Kusudama (くすだま).

How was the Origami Workshop! Leave me your comments if you have any questions!

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About the Author: keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.