History of Origami

Hi everyone!

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard the word origami at some point, but, if you haven’t, that’s okay! For this post, I’m going to go over a brief history and explanation of this paper art. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to bore you with countless dates and details.

Origami Crane

The word, origami, was first branded in 1880. It is a combination of the two Japanese words— oru (to fold) and kami (paper). When the term was initially created, it was named, orikata, for folded shapes. The crane is one of the most renowned figures in the world of origami.

Gohei (Purification Wand)

In the 6th century, paper was first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks. The origins of origami are quite unclear as there are no specific dated records, but the art was established during the beginning of the 7th century. As paper was quite expensive back then, origami was mainly reserved for religious and formal ceremonies, such as wrapped offerings to the gods. (Incidentally, kami is a homonym for spirit or god!)

During the Edo period (1603-1868), people had better access to paper, so the art quickly gained popularity. It has been a classic in Japanese culture ever since. Even in the present, origami has become normal lessons taught in kindergartens. There are many forms that have been created: kirigami, modular, wet folding, and so on. Origami continues to capture  the interests of many as it is an art known around the world.


Kirigami, Modular, Wet Folding

I hope you learned something new about the ancient art of paper folding. Please come out to OJC regardless of your skill level. It’s never to late to learn, and if you’re already advance, I’m sure there’ll be people who would love to learn from you (like me!). Feel free to leave a comment or feedback. Thanks!

Have a great day,



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