Origami means ‘folding paper’.
Orimasu means to fold, kami is paper. In combination, ORIGAMI.
The most famous origami is probably the crane, symbolising peace and hope. In the story of Sadako, a little girl affected by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, it is believed that by folding 1000 cranes, a wish will be granted. Of course, Sadako’s wish is to become well again. These are the 1000 cranes we took to Japan in 2011 to the Peace Park in Hiroshima.
Origami can be easy, it can be challenging, fun, useful and some difficult ones for some people, nearly impossible. It is important to choose an origami to suit your level. As a beginner, choose ones from Easy Origami as well as 1 or 2 star origami. Gradually work your way up to the more difficult ones. Origami will also teach you patience.
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Here are some origami with video instructions. Thank you to Kent-sensei for sharing this site. It is called ‘Paper Kawaii‘ and has so many fantastic origami.
Origami is fantastic for so many reasons. What I love about it is it is relaxing, peaceful, challenging, quiet, no batteries required, all weather activity and you can create some amazing things.
Enjoy origami. Please share any other sites that you would like added to this page.