The Art of Japanese Folding Paper “Origami”

Folding Papers, so called “Origami” is one of the most elegant and elaborate arts of all Japanese culture. You will be surprise how Japanese people put their creativity and effort into piece of paper and make it into magnificent art.

This blog will tell you things that you might not know about Origami. At the end of of this blog, who knows you might be able to make one of your own origami 



Origami (折り紙) means Folding Papers in Japanese. It is an art with rich history about folding normal papers into different shapes. It is unclear where it was really originated (some claimed that it was originated from China).

Japan has been familiar with Origami since its bygone days but it became more popular when Japanese paper industry was invigorated and developed during Edo Era (1603-1868). The first guidebook about art or Origami was published in 1797, called Hiden-SenBazuru-Orikata (秘伝千羽鶴折形) showing its long history.

Animal Shape Origami

In 19th century, western culture started to influx into Japan and created a cultural mix. Then, Modern Origami was invented. Now, Origami is not just a represent culture from Japan but it became an art which can convey and touch people’s heart from all over the world.

Different Types of Origami

1. Fusetsu Seihoukei Ichimai Ori (不切正方形一枚折り)

It is a technique that requires only a piece of paper and folds into shapes without any cutting


2. Fukigou Origami (複合折り紙)

It is a technique that starts with folding small many pieces of paper and then combining into one. So, it looks more complicated and elaborate than the previous one.


3. Kirikomi Origami (切り込み折り紙)

This technique is quite similar to the first one. We will keep folding paper and cutting the paper. So, it is less complicated.


4. Unit Origami (ユニット折り紙)

This one has an English word in it (Unit). We will piece together small symmetric shape of origami and build up into a big one.


5. Giri Origami (儀礼折り紙)

It is a type of origami that is used in special occasion such as wedding, etc.


6. Shikake Origami (仕掛け折り紙)

This one has gimmicks and tricks as it can move. We often found it on Pop-Up


How to make “Crane” Origami


  • Fold square paper into triangle
  • Fold another half of triangle
  • Open the top flap, and crease the left and right sides so the top corner can meet the bottom corner


  • Stand the left flap up vertically like the first picture in this step.
  • Open up the flap and squash down so the top corner can meet the bottom corner.


  • Fold the left and right corners to the center as shown.


  • Open the uppermost flap of the model, bringing it upwards and pressing the sides of the model inwards at the same time.
  • Flatten down, creasing well.


  • Fold top flaps into the center.
  • Fold both ‘legs’ of model up, crease very well, then unfold.


  • Inside Reverse Fold one side to make a head, then fold down the wings.
  • Fold down its head
  • Blow air into its body and it’s done!!!


How is your crane paper? I hope you guys have fun folding it.

That’s it for today. See you in the next blog.

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