❄ Snowflakes ❄

Hey everyone!

It’s January and the start of a new semester, is anyone excited? >____< Getting back into a productive work ethic is difficult especially with this dreary weather so far. When I typically think of a January in winter, I think of snow; therefore, I compiled a list of snowflake origami for this post! Here’s a picture of snow in Japan to start us off:

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Japan Winter

The first project is something I’ve been making since I was a kid. They’re so easy to learn, but this is more of a kirigami project. There are plenty of designs to be made if you look around. Usually, I just cut out random shapes and patterns, though. It always turns out look pretty and unique. It’s almost impossible to mess up on this project. Instructions are given if you follow the link from the photo caption.

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Kirigami Snowflakes

The second project is just as easy. This one is just a little more arts and crafts. It’s a really simple modular/kirigami piece that just takes some measuring and cutting. Putting the six pieces together forms a really fantastic, grand structure that would be great as a hanging decoration. The instructions from the following site are very easy to follow to create this beautiful snowflake.

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3D Snowflake

Finally, this last project is a big jump in level. It’s not easy like the two projects from before, but it’s not too hard either! The first step would be to make a hexagon. You can make one out of a square piece of origami paper from these instructions. Afterwards, you fold it into a snowflake from the design of Dennis Walker. As you can see, using translucent paper gives a really ethereal effect. In the link, there is a simple video to follow how to fold this amazing piece.

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Complex Snowflake

Hope you all enjoyed this snowflake compilation and that you make one of them for decoration. They’re super pretty when compile together and maybe they’ll brighten the mood for winter. Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone~^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

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Kotatsu

Hello Everyone!

Now that winter has officially started the weather is a bit more dreary and definitely colder. Winters in Japan can be especially cold. This is where the kotatsu comes in. A kotatsu is by no means a necessity; however, it does seem nice to have one.

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Simple Kotatsu

What is a kotatsu? A kotatsu is a short wooden table frame that is covered by a heavy blanket, also known as a futon, with a table top that is then placed on top. Beneath the table top and futon is an electric heat source that is built into the table frame itself. Surrounding the kotatsu are often cushions for people to sit more comfortably or chairs.

Kotatsu Layers

 

The kotatsu’s origins began in the 14th century. It was originally used to cook with a charcoal burner. However, the cooking function is no longer a part of the structure.

During modern times, when the weather gets colder, the kotatsu becomes the center piece of domestic life. Family and friends all gather around the kotatsu to watch TV, play games, and other social activities while keeping warm at the same time.

Family

People can also take short naps, but they should be careful not to touch the electric heater at the bottom. Many times pets will hide underneath seeking the kotatsu’s warmth as well. One of the typical images of a kotatsu is a cat snuggling underneath one.

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Kotatsu with Cat

I hope everyone enjoyed learning more about the kotatsu. Hope everyone stays warm during the winter!

Peace!

Hanna