Origami is for Everyone

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In our modern society, Origami is sometimes seen as a charming anachronism, or a throwback to another time and culture. We sometimes hear about it in the same breath as mindfulness, but it really is a keen form of practice and discipline, and art unto itself.

The exact origin of the art of origami is unknown. Paper was invented in China in the first century A.D. and brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in the sixth century A.D. 

Paper was expensive then, in japan only the wealthier people could indulge in this art. During this time, the practice of paper-folding emerged as a ceremonial Shinto ritual. It was not until Japan’s Edo Period (1603 – 1868) that origami would also be viewed as a leisurely activity and an art form. 

It was called originally called "origata" (folding form).  Simply defined, it is the method of wrapping gifts with handmade paper without the use of scissors, tape or glue; before becoming the base name for what we call origami now.

Modern myth saw Origami popularised by the story of Senbazuru (千羽鶴; literally “1000 cranes”), where an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. 

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