Introduction to Origami
Origami is a type of art that originated in the 6th century when paper was first brought from China to Japan. Since the price of paper was quite high, origami was mostly used for religious purposes. They were often used as tokens, talismans, and gifts used for the Shinto religion, however, as time passed it became a leisure time activity for the ancient Imperial Japanese Court. It was only after the Edo period that origami became widely practiced. It has since then spread throughout the world and changed depending on where it was been cultivated and developed. For example, in Korea, origami squares were played with by children in a children's game called Ddakji. It was a game where each player would throw their own origami square onto the other player's origami square until one person flipped the other person's origami square over. The winner would be the first person to successfully flip the other person's origami square. It is truly amazing that paper folding could change from a religious practice, to an activity for the wealthy, and finally to a hobby for people everywhere.
Examples of some Origami
My experience with Origami
At first I was really slow at folding the paper and had to watch the tutorial while making the crane, many, many times. However, as I got the hand of folding the paper and getting less scared about accidentally getting a paper cut, I became faster and more confident while folding the paper. The ssk, ssk, sound of folding paper was really calming and helped me relax after a long day of school. As I became more confident with my skills of folding the paper crane, I found an origami fox tutorial with an increase in difficulty level. It was surprising to see that my paper folding skills from making the crane transferred over while I was making a totally different paper animal. It seemed that my fingers became more nimble and my hand-eye coordination has increased. The types of paper folds in the crane was really similar, especially the beginning -- it was almost identical. However, the more challenging origami fox had new folds that were totally different. As I continue to make more origami, I expect to see the same folds as well as new ones, and am hoping to learn how to make even more origami animals.
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