Origami

Origami

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Origami has been a Japanese art tradition for over four centuries and has evolved into a modern art form. Literally meaning "folding paper", the goal of origami is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture without cutting the paper or using glue. Animals, flowers, and household objects are popular choices for sculptures, as well as boxes and 3D geometric shapes constructed with modular origami methods. The standard origami sheet starts as a square, and can be single or double-sided with beautiful Japanese patterns. More elegant origami paper can come in foil or special textures.

Aside from origami, Japanese paper is used for other crafting purposes often combining the artistic with the functional. In this scene for example, the backdrop depicts the famous Chōjū-giga ("Animal Caricatures") printed on a fibrous Washi paper. Patterns are often printed using a silkscreen method which is collectively known as Yuzen paper, but when the paper consists of a single image it is called Sogara Yuzen.