United Through Arts celebrates the Art of Japan.
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and originated during the Edo Period (1603-1867). It was originally used as ceremonial noshi in gifts, but mostly recreationally. Traditionally, Japanese origami was not limited to using square sheets of paper, and cuts in the paper were allowed as well as coloring after the piece was folded. The modern rules and techniques of origami were not part of Japanese tradition until the 1860s when Japan’s borders were opened and the art was heavily inspired and altered by German tradition. Usually, the only tool used for origami is the paper, but sometimes folding tools are used to sharpen creases.