Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper without using scissors or glue to create shapes that can be seen as paper sculptures. The origin of origami is related to Zen culture, and practicing origami can be seen as a form of meditation in some instances. Nowadays, it is mainly used for the purpose of leisure.
Origami began when humans started using paper, and it has been developing especially quickly since the late ’60s until today. According to some experts, we are in the most important historical moment in the history of origami.
New design techniques have been discovered and popularized, which have spread thanks to the Internet and origami associations around the world. The incorporation of mathematics is a new topic, not considered in the past, that has gained strength in the last 30 years. Computing from the 1990s onwards has enabled optimization of the use of paper and new bases for complex figures such as insects.
Paper transforms into shapes of different sizes starting from an initial square or rectangular base that can go from simple models to highly complex folds. Origami models the environment that surrounds us and in which we live: fauna and flora of all continents, urban life, tools of our daily life, mythological animals, and an endless number of other figures.
If you are interested in (Japanese) paper and origami, there are various places of interest to visit in Japan such as Ozu Washi in Nihonbashi (Tokyo), the Tokyo Origami Museum in Kanda (Tokyo), and the Kyoto Handicraft Center.