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Published on 02.04.2016
The Japanese traditional pastime of folding a square piece of paper into a variety of desired shapes is called “origami.” The activity is said to have its roots in the beautifully folded papers that nobles of the Heian era attached to their gifts, however origami as we know it today originated in the Edo period. Creating beautiful works of art out of paper is a thing that exists in other countries, but Japanese origami has a unique history not found anywhere else in the world. Japanese origami has spread throughout the world, and the word “origami” is understood almost anywhere.
One who is skilled in origami can fold a single piece of square paper into almost anything. For example, it is possible to make a crane, a tulip, a piano, a ninja’s throwing star, a decorative paper ball, a person, a camera, a table, a chair, a box, a rose, a boat, a top, out of origami. In recent years, origami has been receiving praise for its artistic value, and with so many new folds being invented, it is truly an exciting time to be involved in origami. There are many colours and patterns of origami paper, as well as an infinite way of folding them, so you can let your creativity run wild.
Origami is deeply related to mathematics because of its complicated geometric element. Origami is said to help children develop their space perception. By improving their space perception, children will be able to solve math problems involving three-dimensional figures. Origami is also used in the engineering field as means of development for structures, or the storing of structures. Origami is can be applied to things all around us. It is used in storing air-bags in cars, medical equipment, artificial satellites, and so on.
The processes of folding origami to make a desired shape, requires creativity. One must imagine how it will come out once folded, and then they need to concentrate on folding the paper correctly. All of these things are good for development of a child’s brain, and even the prevention of dementia. Origami can not only be used in many aspects of our lives today, but also as a tool for developing our future.
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