Arts and Crafts

Dabbling in Japanese origami

It is only very recently that I have actually engaged in Japanese origami or the art of paper folding. I have started with the paper crane and I have realized how much it helped relax and soothe me. The practice itself is really very Zen-like and that’s the reason why I became obsessed with this practice.

For those who are not yet aware, origami is a Japanese art. But it was actually the Chinese who brought the art to China since they were the ones who invented the paper. It was the Buddhist monks who taught the Japanese how to create paper and started the first origami. But it was definitely the Japanese who honed the craft into what it is now.

The origami crane that I have become obsessed with actually has a very interesting story. It is said that a young girl called Sadako Sasaki became ill after World War II due to the radiation caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Due to a Japanese belief that whoever makes a thousand origami cranes gets to make a wish, Sadako set out to create various origami paper cranes. Unfortunately, she knew that she would not be able to wish for a long life and so, she just dedicated herself to wishing for world peace. Sadako died after completing only 644 cranes. However, her friends, classmates and family helped her complete her project of 1000 paper cranes. Sadako’s death has actually made the origami paper crane into a symbol of peace for the Japanese people and worldwide.

As for me, I have used the various paper cranes that I have created as décor for my home. I have adorned our living room with the beautiful paper cranes and I have felt that they have contributed a lot in making a peaceful home.