#515 Origami

Okay, I don’t know how we got to 500 awesome things about Japan without even mentioning origami.

Origami is so popular the word itself has been adopted into English.

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Origami is the paperfolding art from Japan
(although not the only one – China and Europe independently developed their own paper folding techniques)

The characters reflect this – 折り紙 折・おり・ori means “to fold” and 紙・がみ・gami means “paper”.

Perhaps the paper crane is the most famous – it is seen as a symbol of peace.

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During the second world war, a girl named Sadako Sasaki who suffered leukemia due to the Hiroshima atomic bombing wanted to fold 1,000 cranes to be granted a wish.

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Now, Hiroshima and many other places are filled with millions of folded cranes to represent peace.

If you’ve never tried it before it’s easy to start – with an equal sided square of paper you can make almost anything.

For your first time why not try this recent bookmark project that’s pretty popular – check out rocket news here.

And this website is full of so many projects you could never finish them in a lifetime – check out the origami club.

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