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Origami Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Culture

Origami (おりがみ) is a traditional Japanese art form of paper folding. Basically, origami is a flat piece of paper formed into a work of art without any glue or scissors.

The most iconic origami design is the paper crane. The paper crane has become internationally known through the struggles of a young girl named Sadako Sasaki (佐々木禎子). Sadako developed leukemia after the atomic bomb dropped in her hometown. In an effort to cure herself, she tried to make 1,000 paper cranes. According to Japanese legend, any wish would come to fruition, if a thousand paper cranes were made. Sadly, Sadako’s wish did not come true, but a thousand paper cranes became the symbol for world peace.

If you want to learn how to make a paper crane, there are lots of videos online showing you the steps to create one :

Origami is not limited to just paper cranes. In honor of the Word Cup, you can try making a soccer ball as well :

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