Origami Workshop

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Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: “Kanafan Station” located at Kanagawa Kenmin Center
Lecturers: Six Origami expert members of KSGG
Participants: Five KSGG members
Language: Japanese
Reporter: Nobu

I enjoyed taking part in the face-to-face activity of Introduction to Japanese Culture Group for the first time since the monthly meeting of KSGG this July. Origami Workshop started around 1995 to show overseas people Japanese culture. This workshop was held once a year. The members make the Origami animal of the Chinese zodiac year. Chinese zodiac, called “Eto” in Japanese, which represents calendar and time according to twelve different animals. It originated from China and now is mainly used in Asian countries including China and Japan. This year is the year of the tiger. So, we made tiger with Origami.

This workshop was scheduled in the early spring, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have not folded Origami since my childhood, but thanks to the kind guidance of the expert members, I was managed to complete a rather complicated Origami tiger in the end. Yet, I am wondering if I can fold Origami without their help. I feel I should practice folding Origami again and again.
When I have trouble conversing with foreign visitors in the future, I think we can have a good conversation through making Origami cranes, peacock, and so on.I was surely convinced at what the lecturer said: The best way to get good results in folding Origami is to make a neat crease first before proceeding to next folding stage. There are two months left in this year of the tiger. I would like to keep displaying this Origami tiger at home for some time to come.